Dwight Edward Helminen (born June 22, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey center who most recently played with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. His brother Lars plays with Linz EHC of the EBEL.
June 22, 1983|
Hancock, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
|National team||United States|
244th overall, 2002|
Helminen was born in Hancock, Michigan, and raised in Brighton, Michigan. As a youth, he played in the 1997 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Detroit Compuware minor ice hockey team.
He was drafted 244th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Dwight played junior hockey for the U.S. Junior National Team in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and college hockey at the University of Michigan for the Wolverines. On March 3, 2004, the New York Rangers acquired his rights from the Oilers along with a 2004 second round draft pick and Steve Valiquette in exchange for Petr Nedvěd and Jussi Markkanen.
Since turning professional, Helminen has played for the Charlotte Checkers in the ECHL and the Hartford Wolf Pack in the American Hockey League (AHL), before signing with JYP Jyväskylä in the Finnish SM-liiga in 2007.
Helminen signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 3, 2008. He was then assigned to the Hurricanes' affiliate, the Albany River Rats of the AHL. Helminen made his NHL debut in the 2008–09 season after an injury to Brandon Sutter. He played in 23 regular season games by season's end with the Hurricanes, as well as one playoff game.
On July 16, 2009, Helminen signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks. In the 2009–10 season, on February 11, 2010, Helminen scored his first goal with the Sharks, against the Detroit Red Wings. On April 22, 2010, he scored a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the Sharks' first-round playoff series.
|2001–02||University of Michigan||CCHA||39||10||8||18||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||University of Michigan||CCHA||39||17||16||33||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||University of Michigan||CCHA||41||17||12||29||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||41||2||7||9||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||77||32||23||55||40||13||3||5||8||10|
|2006–07||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||80||15||24||39||32||7||1||1||2||2|
|2008–09||Albany River Rats||AHL||54||15||15||30||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||San Jose Sharks||NHL||4||1||0||1||0||7||1||0||1||4|
Awards and honorsEdit
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
- "Sharks sign four players, re-sign Vesce". San Jose Sharks. 2009-07-16. Archived from the original on 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
- "Wings add NHL experience". Kalamazoo Wings. 2012-02-06. Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
- "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.