After nearly 1300 AHL games, veteran defenceman Bryan Helmer has decided to hang them up.
Helmer, 41, has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Peterborough Petes . The AHL’s all-time leader in points by a defenceman, Helmer has racked up 564 regular season points (129-435) and another 69 (15-54) in the playoffs.
A Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., native, Helmer made his AHL debut in October of 1993, and twenty years later, he has made the decision to walk way. In his career, Helmer has suited up for the Albany River Rats, Worcester IceCats, Manitoba Moose, Springfield Falcons, Grand Rapids Griffins, San Antonio Rampage, Hershey Bears, and Oklahoma City Barons. A two-time Calder Cup Champion — in back-to-back fashion as captain of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 Hershey Bears — Helmer more than left his mark on the AHL.
While also appearing in 152 NHL games, Helmer will be best remembered for the five years in Albany to begin his career, and his two-seasons with the Bears. In 2008-09, Helmer was named an AHL All-Star for the first time in his career.
Helmer now awaits his induction into the AHL Hall Of Fame, an honour that surely awaits him.
Best of luck to Helmer with the Petes, and a hearty thank you from all the fans who have watched him over the past two decades.