Helmer plays 1,000th AHL game

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 SeasonPlayoffs
1993-94Albany River Rats65419237950009
1994-95Albany River Rats777364310171010
1995-96Albany River Rats8014304410742026
1996-97Albany River Rats771227391131617810
1997-98Albany River Rats8014496310113491318
1998-99Worcester IceCats16781518400012
1999-2000Worcester IceCats54102535124914510
2001-02Manitoba Moose346182469
2002-03Manitoba Moose6072431821404420
2003-04Springfield Falcons91676
2004-05Grand Rapids Griffins807182564
2005-06Grand Rapids Griffins801244561381618924
2006-07San Antonio Rampage706232981
2007-08San Antonio Rampage66515205370006
2008-09Hershey Bears6322527592235824
2009-10Hershey Bears7162632952105533
2010-11Oklahoma City Barons1849136
 AHL Totals10001244025261292138134255172