It is not unheard of for a player to be drafted by one organization to wind up playing in another city but Darcy Regier did it with the same franchise. The California Golden Seals drafted Regier 77th overall in the 1976 NHL Entry Draft but the team relocated to Cleveland before Darcy could play a game with them. What drew the NHL franchise to Regier was his fine defensive play with the Prince Albert Raiders and Lethbridge Broncos junior hockey teams.
The Cleveland Barons sent Darcy to their farm team in Salt Lake City to learn the ropes of professional hockey. All he did in Salt Lake City was lead the Golden Eagles in defenseman scoring. Darcy Regier got his chance to play in the NHL in 1977-78. During his 15 game stay he tallied a lone assist for the lowly Barons before returning to the Phoenix Roadrunners, of the Central Hockey League. The stay in Phoenix lasted only 16 games as the team went bankrupt before Christmas, which forced the Barons to relocate Regier to Binghamton. He barely had his bags unpacked before the Barons traded him to the New York Islander organization, where he was assigned to the Fort Worth Texans.
The Islanders moved their farm team to Indianapolis for the 1979-80 season. Regier developed his leadership qualities through that time by his play and involvement in the CHL players' association. Darcy was involved, during this time with the establishment of the Professional Hockey Players' Association. An Adams Cup championship helped Regier land a six game stint with the parent club during the great Islander dynasty. Darcy returned to Indianapolis to lead the team to their second Adams Cup victory in succession. Darcy Regier played one more season of professional hockey, recording one assist in a five game call-up with the Islanders. His Indianapolis Checkers team lost out in the CHL finals to the Tulsa Ice Oilers. The game was the last for the Central Hockey League as it folded the next month.
Regier, although no longer playing, stayed with the Islanders in a variety of management positions. Except for a brief term with the Hartford Whalers, Darcy stayed with the Islander through to 1997, when he became the Buffalo Sabres general manager. As the Sabres boss the team has gone to a Stanley Cup final under his leadership.