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Helmer plays 1,000th AHL game

February 18, 2011
Photo: Steven Christy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … Oklahoma City Barons defenseman Bryan Helmer skated in his 1,000th regular-season American Hockey League game tonight as the Barons took on the Abbotsford Heat at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta.

Helmer is the seventh player in the league’s 75-year history to reach that milestone, joining Willie Marshall (1,205 career games), Fred Glover (1,201), Harry Pidhirny (1,071), Mike Nykoluk (1,069), Jody Gage (1,038) and Rob Murray (1,018). Marshall, Glover, Pidhirny, Nykoluk and Gage are members of the AHL Hall of Fame.

A 38-year-old native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Helmer was undrafted after playing Junior-A hockey and made his professional debut with the AHL’s Albany River Rats on Oct. 8, 1993. He played five seasons in Albany, helping the team to a Calder Cup championship in 1995, and later skated for the Worcester IceCats (1998-2000), Manitoba Moose (2001-03), Springfield Falcons (2003-04), Grand Rapids Griffins (2004-06), San Antonio Rampage (2006-08) and Hershey Bears (2008-10), where he captained the Bears to back-to-back Calder Cup titles. He signed with Oklahoma City on Jan. 7, 2011.

Helmer is the AHL’s all-time leader among defensemen in games played, assists (402) and points (526), and he has played more Calder Cup Playoff games (138) than any player in AHL history. He was a First Team AHL All-Star in 1997-98 and a Second Team AHL All-Star in 2005-06.

In addition to his AHL numbers, Helmer has appeared in 146 games in the National Hockey League with Phoenix, St. Louis, Vancouver and Washington.

Career AHL Statistics – Bryan Helmer
  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993-94 Albany River Rats 65 4 19 23 79 5 0 0 0 9
1994-95 Albany River Rats 77 7 36 43 101 7 1 0 1 0
1995-96 Albany River Rats 80 14 30 44 107 4 2 0 2 6
1996-97 Albany River Rats 77 12 27 39 113 16 1 7 8 10
1997-98 Albany River Rats 80 14 49 63 101 13 4 9 13 18
1998-99 Worcester IceCats 16 7 8 15 18 4 0 0 0 12
1999-2000 Worcester IceCats 54 10 25 35 124 9 1 4 5 10
2001-02 Manitoba Moose 34 6 18 24 69 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Manitoba Moose 60 7 24 31 82 14 0 4 4 20
2003-04 Springfield Falcons 9 1 6 7 6 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Grand Rapids Griffins 80 7 18 25 64 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Grand Rapids Griffins 80 12 44 56 138 16 1 8 9 24
2006-07 San Antonio Rampage 70 6 23 29 81 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 San Antonio Rampage 66 5 15 20 53 7 0 0 0 6
2008-09 Hershey Bears 63 2 25 27 59 22 3 5 8 24
2009-10 Hershey Bears 71 6 26 32 95 21 0 5 5 33
2010-11 Oklahoma City Barons 18 4 9 13 6 -- -- -- -- --
  AHL Totals 1000 124 402 526 1292 138 13 42 55 172

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