March 1, 1988 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
|NHL Draft||15th overall, 2006
Tampa Bay Lightning
Riku Helenius (born March 1, 1988) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender. He currently an Unrestricted Free Agent. He most recently played for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a then prospect of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Helenius was selected 15th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, partly on the strength of his silver-medal-winning performance for the Finnish national men's hockey team in the 2006 under-18 World Junior Championships. He played for Ilves during the 2006–2007 season but due to a shoulder injury only played four games.
The Seattle Thunderbirds selected Helenius with the 46th overall selection in the 2007 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. Helenius joined the Thunderbirds roster at the start of the 2007–2008 season. In December 2007, Helenius was selected as goalie for the Finnish World Junior Team in the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships.
After a great season in Finland, Steve Yzerman, General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, expressed interest in bringing Helenius back to North America, as he was still a Lightning prospect. On June 13, 2012, Helenius signed a two-year contract with the Lightning.
On February 22nd, 2014, Helenius was placed on $125 unconditional waivers, which would bring his contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning to an end.
Played for Finland in:
- 2006 IIHF World U18 Championships (silver medal)
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- Riku Helenius's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Riku Helenius's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
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