Sami Helenius

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Sami Helenius
Born (1974-01-22) January 22, 1974 (age 41)
Helsinki, FIN
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Jokerit
Pelicans
Calgary Flames
Tampa Bay Lightning
Colorado Avalanche
Dallas Stars
Chicago Blackhawks
Ilves
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 102nd overall, 1992
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1992–2010

Sami "Helge" Helenius (born January 22, 1974) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenceman who played predominately in the SM-liiga and National Hockey League. He most recently was in a coaching role with HC Keski-Uusimaa of the Suomi-sarja.

Playing career[edit]

Helenius was drafted by the Calgary Flames as their fifth-round pick, 102nd overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He started his professional career in Jokerit in the Finnish SM-liiga in 1992, and made his way to North America for the 1994-95 season, and after spending five years mostly in the minor leagues, Helenius took his place as an NHL defenceman, playing for several teams. Helenius became known as the "Fighting Finn," as he was one of the few Europeans to play in an enforcer role in North-American hockey leagues.

In 2003 he returned to Finland to play in the SM-liiga again. After a year with Jokerit where he served as team captain, Helenius represented both Ilves and Pelicans before returning to Jokerit after the 2006–07 season.

After three seasons with Jokerit and during the 2009–10 season, Helenius rejoined previous club Pelicans on November 13, 2009.[1] After finishing the season out with Pelicans, Helenius agreed to join HC Keski-Uusimaa of the Suomi-sarja as a player-coach for the 2010–11 season on August 4, 2010, however only opted to coach upon the resumption of the season.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Jokerit SM-l 1 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Reipas Lahti SM-l 37 2 3 5 46
1994–95 Saint John Flames AHL 69 2 5 7 217
1995–96 Saint John Flames AHL 68 0 3 3 231 10 0 0 0 9
1996–97 Saint John Flames AHL 72 5 10 15 218 2 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Calgary Flames NHL 3 0 1 1 0
1997–98 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 10 0 1 1 19 4 0 0 0 25
1997–98 Saint John Flames AHL 63 1 2 3 185
1998–99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 42 2 3 5 193
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL 4 0 0 0 8
1998–99 Chicago Wolves IHL 4 0 0 0 11
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 4 1 0 1 15
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 8 0 0 0 29 5 0 0 0 16
1999–00 Hershey Bears AHL 12 0 1 1 31 9 0 0 0 40
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 33 0 0 0 46
2000–01 Dallas Stars NHL 57 1 2 3 99 1 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 39 0 0 0 58
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 5 0 0 0 6
2002–03 Utah Grizzlies AHL 4 0 0 0 14
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 10 0 1 1 28
2003–04 Jokerit SM-l 55 0 1 1 103
2004–05 Ilves SM-l 53 0 0 0 162 7 0 2 2 4
2005–06 Pelicans SM-l 53 1 3 4 151
2006–07 Pelicans SM-l 53 1 0 1 126 6 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Jokerit SM-l 49 1 6 7 198 13 0 0 0 29
2008–09 Jokerit SM-l 45 0 0 0 76 2 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Jokerit SM-l 14 0 0 0 20
2009–10 Pelicans SM-l 34 0 2 2 170
NHL totals 155 2 4 6 260 1 0 0 0 0
SM-l totals 394 5 15 20 1052 28 0 2 2 37

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Finland EJC 4th 6 0 0 0 22
1993 Finland WJC 5th 7 0 1 1 6
2003 Finland WC 5th 2 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 13 0 1 1 28
Senior totals 2 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Helenius Pelicans, Brooks Jokerit" (in Finnish). Jokerit. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Helenuis, Sammit join HCK crew!" (in Finnish). hckjt.fe. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 

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