Timo Helbling

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Timo Helbling
NLA, Genève-Servette HC vs. SC Bern, 19th January 2016 23.JPG
Born (1981-07-21) July 21, 1981 (age 35)
Basel, SUI
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NLA team
Former teams
SC Bern
HC Davos
Kloten Flyers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington Capitals
HC Lugano
Oulun Kärpät
EV Zug
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
National team   Switzerland
NHL Draft 162nd Overall, 1999
Nashville Predators
Playing career 1998–present

Timo Helbling (born July 21, 1981) is a Swiss professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for SC Bern in Switzerland's National League A (NLA).

Playing career[edit]

Helbling was drafted in the 6th round, 162nd overall by the Nashville Predators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

In the 2005–06 season, Helbling played 60 games for the Springfield Falcons of the AHL before he was recalled to the Tampa Bay Lightning to make his NHL debut.

Helbling signed with the Washington Capitals for the 2006–07 season, playing primarily with AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, before he was traded by the Capitals to the Sabres along with Dainius Zubrus for a first round pick and Jiri Novotny on February 27, 2007.[1] Helbling was then assigned to the affiliate of the Sabres, the Rochester Americans.

Following the season, Timo returned to his native Switzerland, signing with HC Lugano. But revoke his deal with HC Lugano and make remaining season contract with Oulun Kärpät contract includes trial period until Christmas brake. Helbling plays his first game in Oulun Kärpät on November 16, 2010. During the World Hockey Championships 2010 Helbling caused confusion by getting in an altercation with Germany's coaches after losing a game against them.[2]

After two seasons with HC Fribourg-Gottéron, Helbling was traded with a year remaining on his contract to fellow NLA club, SC Bern in exchange for Ryan Gardner on April 2, 2015.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Helbling defending Marcel Goc.

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 HC Davos NLA 44 0 0 0 8 4 0 0 0 0
1999–00 HC Davos NLA 44 0 0 0 49 5 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Windsor Spitfires OHL 54 7 14 21 90 7 0 2 2 11
2000–01 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 1 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 67 2 6 8 59
2002–03 Toledo Storm ECHL 35 3 8 11 75 7 0 1 1 2
2002–03 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 23 0 1 1 37
2003–04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 37 0 2 2 46
2003–04 Utah Grizzlies AHL 23 3 2 5 47
2004–05 EHC Kloten NLA 44 2 9 11 118
2005–06 Springfield Falcons AHL 60 7 14 21 56
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 9 0 1 1 6
2006–07 Hershey Bears AHL 49 1 16 17 106
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Rochester Americans AHL 20 0 8 8 50 6 2 0 2 6
2007–08 HC Lugano NLA 49 3 11 14 127
2008–09 HC Lugano NLA 49 2 9 11 136 7 0 1 1 12
2009–10 HC Lugano NLA 46 1 6 7 168 4 0 0 0 10
2010–11 HC Lugano NLA 17 0 0 0 26
2010–11 Oulun Kärpät SM-l 39 2 3 5 46 3 0 0 0 6
2011–12 EV Zug NLA 45 2 6 8 108 9 0 2 2 16
2012–13 EV Zug NLA 48 3 7 10 68 14 1 2 3 45
2013–14 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 46 3 8 11 116 10 1 2 3 12
2014–15 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 45 2 10 12 86
NLA totals 477 18 64 82 1010 64 3 11 14 113
NHL totals 11 0 1 1 8

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Switzerland WJC18 4th 7 1 0 1 35
2000 Switzerland WJC 6th 7 0 2 2 16
2001 Switzerland WJC 6th 7 1 1 2 10
2006 Switzerland WC 9th 4 0 0 0 2
2010 Switzerland WC 5th 7 0 1 1 25
2015 Switzerland WC 8th 7 0 0 0 8
Junior totals 21 2 3 5 61
Senior totals 18 0 1 1 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capitals acquire first-round pick, Novotny from Buffalo". capitals.nhl.com. 2007-02-27. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Helbling attacks Germany's coaches after game". YouTube. 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Timo Helbling comes in exchange for Ryan Gardner" (in German). SC Bern. 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 

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