Dwight Helminen

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Dwight Helminen
Helminen Dwight Pelicans 2011 1.jpg
Born (1983-06-22) June 22, 1983 (age 31)
Hancock, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
ECHL team
Former teams
Kalamazoo Wings
JYP
Carolina Hurricanes
San Jose Sharks
Pelicans
NHL Draft 244th overall, 2002
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2004–present

Dwight Edward Helminen (born June 22, 1983 in Hancock, Michigan) is an American professional ice hockey center currently playing with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. His brother Lars plays with Linz EHC of the EBEL.

Playing career[edit]

Helminen was drafted 244th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Dwight played junior hockey for the U.S. Junior National Team in the USHL and college hockey at the University of Michigan for the Michigan Wolverines. On March 3, 2004, the New York Rangers acquired his rights from the Oilers along with a 2004 second round draft choice and Stephen Valiquette in exchange for Petr Nedved and Jussi Markkanen.

Since turning professional, he has played for the Charlotte Checkers in the ECHL and the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL, before signing with JYP Jyväskylä in the Finnish SM-liiga in 2007.

Dwight signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 3, 2008. He was then assigned to Hurricanes affiliate, the Albany River Rats of the AHL. Helminen made his NHL debut in the 2008–09 season after an injury to Brandon Sutter. He played in 23 regular season games by seasons end with the Hurricanes, as well as one playoff game.

On July 16, 2009, Helminen signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks.[1] In the 2009–10 season, on February 11, 2010, Helminen scored his first goal with the Sharks, against the Detroit Red Wings. On April 22, 2010, Helminen scored a goal against the Colorado Avalanche, in the Sharks' first-round playoff series.

Midway through the 2011–12 season, Helminen left KLH Chomutov of the Czech first division league to return to North America, signing with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL on February 6, 2012.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 University of Michigan CCHA 39 10 8 18 10
2002–03 University of Michigan CCHA 39 17 16 33 34
2003–04 University of Michigan CCHA 41 17 12 29 4
2004–05 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 41 2 7 9 10
2004–05 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 28 5 16 21 10 15 7 3 10 2
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 77 32 23 55 40 13 3 5 8 10
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 80 15 24 39 32 7 1 1 2 2
2007–08 JYP SM-l 52 20 25 45 10 6 3 3 6 0
2008–09 Albany River Rats AHL 54 15 15 30 26
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 23 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Worcester Sharks AHL 74 12 10 22 16
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 4 1 0 1 0 7 1 0 1 4
2010–11 Pelicans SM-l 60 12 16 28 40
2011–12 Piráti Chomutov CZE.1 24 4 14 18 6
2011–12 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 20 7 11 18 6 14 5 7 12 2
NHL totals 27 2 1 3 0 8 1 0 1 4

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 2002–03 CCHA - All-Tournament Team
  • 2003–04 CCHA - Best Defensive Forward

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sharks sign four players, re-sign Vesce". San Jose Sharks. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  2. ^ "Wings add NHL experience". Kalamazoo Wings. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jed Ortmeyer
CCHA Best Defensive Forward
2003-04
Succeeded by
Eric Nystrom