Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sami Helenius
The native of Helsinki, Finland played several years with the Jokerit junior and senior squads as well as Reipas Lahti. In 1992 the Calgary Flames at the NHL Entry Draft took him 102nd overall. Beginning in 1994-95, the burly rearguard spent most of his first four seasons in North America with the AHL's Saint John Flames.

In January, 1999 Helenius was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning but only made it into four games with his new club. Two months after he was acquired, Tampa sent him to the Colorado Avalanche. Helenius played 33 NHL games the next year in Colorado and toiled briefly for the Hershey Bears of the AHL. After signing as a free agent with the Dallas Stars in July 2000, Helenius found his niche on one of the NHL's most defence-oriented clubs. He averaged nearly 11 minutes in 57 games while taking the body and playing within his means.

Helenius spent the better part of three seasons with the Stars oranization before joining the Chicago Blackhawks in 2002-03.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 0 0 0 6
1991-92 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 27 7 7 14 48
1991-92 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 13 4 4 8 24
1991-92 Finland EJC-A 6 0 0 0 22
1992-93 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 16 4 5 9 22
1992-93 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 KalPa Kuopio Jr. Fin-Jr. 13 2 3 5 18
1992-93 Vantaa HT Finland-2 21 3 2 5 50
1992-93 Finland WJC-A 7 0 1 1 6
1993-94 Kiekko-Reipas Lahti Jr. Fin-Jr. 12 4 4 8 50
1993-94 Reipas Lahti Finland 37 2 3 5 46
1993-94 Reipas Lahti Finland-Q 6 0 0 0 16
1994-95 Saint John Flames AHL 69 2 5 7 217
1995-96 Saint John Flames AHL 68 0 3 3 231 10 0 0 0 9
1996-97 Calgary Flames NHL 3 0 1 1 0 +1
1996-97 Saint John Flames AHL 72 5 10 15 218 2 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Saint John Flames AHL 63 1 2 3 185 +7
1997-98 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 10 0 1 1 19 -5 4 0 0 0 25
1998-99 Calgary Flames NHL 4 0 0 0 8 -2
1998-99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 42 2 3 5 193 -6
1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 4 1 0 1 15 -3
1998-99 Chicago Wolves IHL 4 0 0 0 11 -1
1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 8 0 0 0 29 -4 5 0 0 0 16
1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 33 0 0 0 46 -5
1999-00 Hershey Bears AHL 12 0 1 1 31 -1 9 0 0 0 40
2000-01 Dallas Stars NHL 57 1 2 3 99 +1 1 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 39 0 0 0 58 -4
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 5 0 0 0 6 +1
2002-03 Utah Grizzlies AHL 4 0 0 0 14 0
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 10 0 1 1 28 +3
2002-03 Finland WC-A 2 0 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 55 0 1 1 103
2004-05 Ilves Tampere Finland 53 0 0 0 162 7 0 2 2 4
2005-06 Pelicans Lahti Finland 53 1 3 4 151
2006-07 Pelicans Lahti Finland 53 1 0 1 126 6 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 49 1 6 7 198 13 0 0 0 29
2008-09 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 45 0 0 0 76 2 0 0 0 2
2009-10 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 14 0 0 0 18
2009-10 Pelicans Lahti Finland 34 0 2 2 172
NHL Totals 155 2 4 6 260 1 0 0 0 0


Traded to Tampa Bay by Calgary for future considerations, January 29, 1999. Traded to Colorado by Tampa Bay for future considerations, March 23, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 12, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland) with Dallas retaining NHL rights, May 15, 2002. Traded to Chicago by Dallas with Dallas's 7th round pick (Troy Brouwer) in 2004 NHL Draft for Lyle Odelein, March 10, 2003. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to knee injury vs. Chicago (AHL), January 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), August 1, 2003.
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