Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bryan Helmer
Defenceman Bryan Helmer entered the 2001-02 season hoping to gain a full time spot on the Vancouver Canucks. Since debuting as a pro in 1993-94, most of his playing time took place in the AHL with brief NHL stops in Phoenix and St. Louis.

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Helmer played his amateur hockey with the Wellington Dukes of the MTHL and the OHL's Belleville Bulls. After playing solidly for the Albany River Rats of the AHL in 1993-94, he signed a contract with the parent New Jersey Devils. Helmer supplied offense and grit for the Rats over the next four seasons but was never recalled to the NHL.

In July, 1998, Helmer signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes where he played his first 11 NHL games before he was relegated to the minors. He was placed on waivers in December, 1998 and claimed by the St. Louis Blues where he ended up playing 29 games. Helmer spent most of the 1999-00 season in the minors then signed as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks. He played solidly and averaged nearly 17 minutes per game in 20 contests during the 2000-01 schedule and went on to play two more seasons in the Canuck organization before rejoining the Coyotes organization in the summer of 2003. Helmer went on to play 17 games with Phoenix before being acquired by the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 2004.

The following pair of seasons Helmer would spend with Detroit's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids becoming a mainstay in the line up. Despite his consistent play with Grand Rapids, Helmer was not resigned by the club.

Helmer signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes in July of 2006.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Wellington Dukes ON-Jr.B 44 4 20 24 204
1989-90 Belleville Bulls OHL 6 0 1 1 0
1990-91 Wellington Dukes ON-Jr.B 50 11 14 25 109
1991-92 Wellington Dukes ON-Jr.A 42 17 31 48 66 3 2 1 3 0
1992-93 Wellington Dukes ON-Jr.A 48 21 54 75 84 9 4 8 12 22
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 65 4 19 23 79 5 0 0 0 9
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 77 7 36 43 101 7 1 0 1 0
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 80 14 30 44 107 4 2 0 2 6
1996-97 Albany River Rats AHL 77 12 27 39 113 16 1 7 8 10
1997-98 Albany River Rats AHL 80 14 49 63 101 +15 13 4 9 13 18
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 11 0 0 0 23 +2
1998-99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 8 1 3 4 28 -4
1998-99 St. Louis Blues NHL 29 0 4 4 19 +3
1998-99 Worcester IceCats AHL 16 7 8 15 18 0 4 0 0 0 12
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 15 1 1 2 10 -3
1999-00 Worcester IceCats AHL 54 10 25 35 124 0 9 1 4 5 10
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 20 2 4 6 18 0
2000-01 Kansas City Blades IHL 42 4 15 19 76 -16
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 40 5 5 10 53 +10 6 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Manitoba Moose AHL 34 6 18 24 69 +18
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 0 0 0 +1
2002-03 Manitoba Moose AHL 60 7 24 31 82 -10 14 0 4 4 20
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 17 0 1 1 10 -5
2003-04 Springfield Falcons AHL 9 1 6 7 6 +5
2004-05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 80 7 18 25 64 +11
2005-06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 80 12 44 56 138 +25 16 1 8 9 24
2006-07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 70 6 23 29 81 -2
2007-08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 66 5 15 20 53 -9 7 0 0 0 6
2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 12 0 3 3 2 -1
2008-09 Hershey Bears AHL 63 2 25 27 59 +18 22 3 5 8 24
2009-10 Hershey Bears AHL 71 6 26 32 95 +29 21 0 5 5 33
2010-11 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 42 6 19 25 25 -4 6 1 1 2 8
2011-12 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 69 3 21 24 45 +13 14 0 3 3 6
2012-13 Springfield Falcons AHL 24 0 2 2 19 +8 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 146 8 18 26 135 6 0 0 0 0


AHL First All-Star Team (1998) AHL Second All-Star Team (2006) Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (AHL - Sportsmanship) (2011) Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 10, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 17, 1998. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from Phoenix, December 19, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, August 21, 2000. Traded to Phoenix by Vancouver for Martin Grenier, July 25, 2003.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to shoulder injury in training camp, September 29, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 21, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 19, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Washington, November 28, 2008. Signed to a professional tryout (PTO) contract by Oklahoma City (AHL), January 7, 2011. Officially announced his retirement, July 22, 2013.