Congratulations to Bryan Helmer for signing with the Springfield Falcons to play in his 20th season of professional hockey! Former OKC Barons Captain Helmer spent a season and a half with the OKC Barons and while in OKC he broke the AHL all-time leading scorer among defencemen record with 562 points in 1093 AHL games.
From Garry Brown (masslive.com)
“This signing shows a commitment by our parent club (the Columbus Blue Jackets) to getting a veteran player for us at this time,” Falcons president/general manager Bruce Landon said.
“Bryan still can play, and he was in demand when he chose to come here. He was among veteran players who got left unsigned when the NHL lockout went into effect.”
His AHL Biography gives a glimpse of his illustrious career (although it has not been updated completely):
“Owns the AHL record for career points by a defenseman with 538 as of the start of the season. Broke the old record in a Barons uniform Jan. 13, 2011 at Peoria with a goal for his 520th point…Last season’s winner of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award, voted upon by AHL coaches, players and media members for sportsmanship, dedication and determination to the game of hockey…Winner of the President’s Award for last season, awarded for outstanding accomplishments during the season…Holds the AHL record for most Calder Cup playoff games played with 144 with Albany, Worcester, Manitoba, Grand Rapids, San Antonio, Hershey and Oklahoma City…Enters this season as the AHL’s all-time leader in games played by a defenseman with 1,024, the sixth-most in league history among all players…Played his 1,000th AHL game Feb. 18, 2011 against Abbotsford at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary…In his 19th professional season after not being drafted out of junior hockey…Has played 146 NHL games with Phoenix (2 stints), St. Louis, Vancouver and Washington, scoring 8 goals with 18 assists and a career +7…Has won 3 Calder Cups with Albany (1994-95) and Hershey (2008-09 and 2009-10)…Was the captain for the Canadian team at the 2009 AHL All-Star Game, which was played in Worcester, MA.”
We wish you all the best Bryan!
- From August 23, 2011: Getting to know the OKC Barons — Bryan Helmer