Timo Helbling

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Timo Helbling
NLA, Geneve-Servette HC vs. SC Bern, 19th January 2016 23.JPG
Born (1981-07-21) July 21, 1981 (age 40)
Basel, Switzerland
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for HC Davos
Kloten Flyers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington Capitals
HC Lugano
Oulun Kärpät
EV Zug
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
SC Bern
SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
National teamFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
NHL Draft 162nd Overall, 1999
Nashville Predators
Playing career 19982019

Timo Helbling (born July 21, 1981) is a Swiss former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National League (NL) for HC Davos, Kloten Flyers, HC Lugano, HC Fribourg-Gottéron, SC Bern, EV Zug, SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers, Oulun Kärpät of the Finish Liiga, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Helbling was originally drafted 162nd overall by the Nashville Predators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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Playing career

As a youth, Helbling played in the 1995 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a team from Zürich. [1] Helbling was drafted in the 6th round, 162nd overall by the Nashville Predators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.[ citation needed ] In the 2005–06 season, Helbling played 60 games for the Springfield Falcons of the AHL before he was recalled to the Tampa Bay Lightning to make his NHL debut.[ citation needed ]

Helbling signed with the Washington Capitals for the 2006–07 season, playing primarily with AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, before he was traded by the Capitals to the Sabres along with Dainius Zubrus for a first round pick and Jiri Novotny on February 27, 2007. [2] Helbling was then assigned to the affiliate of the Sabres, the Rochester Americans.[ citation needed ]

Following the season, Timo returned to his native Switzerland, signing with HC Lugano. But revoke his deal with HC Lugano and make remaining season contract with Oulun Kärpät contract includes trial period until Christmas brake. Helbling plays his first game in Oulun Kärpät on November 16, 2010. During the World Hockey Championships 2010 Helbling caused confusion by getting in an altercation with Germany's coaches after losing a game against them. [3]

After two seasons with HC Fribourg-Gottéron, Helbling was traded with a year remaining on his contract to fellow NLA club, SC Bern in exchange for Ryan Gardner on April 2, 2015. [4]

On September 11, 2017, Helbling was suspended for 6 games and fined CHF 5,400 for a hit on a referee during a game against HC Davos on September 8, 2017. [5]

On June 18, 2018, Helbling joined freshly promoted SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers on a one-year deal worth CHF 450,000. In the 2018-19 season, Helbling helped the Lakers remain in the NL, posting 1 goal and 4 points in 26 games before concluding his 621-game National League career at the conclusion of the season on April 9, 2019. [6]

Career statistics

Helbling defending Marcel Goc. Marcel Goc Timo Helbling.jpg
Helbling defending Marcel Goc.

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1998–99 HC Davos NLA 44000840000
1999–00 HC DavosNLA440004950000
2000–01 Windsor Spitfires OHL 547142190702211
2000–01 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 10000
2001–02 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 6726859
2002–03 Toledo Storm ECHL 3538117570112
2002–03 Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL2301137
2003–04 Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL3702246
2003–04 Utah Grizzlies AHL2332547
2004–05 EHC Kloten NLA442911118
2005–06 Springfield Falcons AHL607142156
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 90116
2006–07 Hershey Bears AHL4911617106
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL20002
2006–07 Rochester Americans AHL200885062026
2007–08 HC Lugano NLA4931114127
2008–09 HC LuganoNLA492911136701112
2009–10 HC LuganoNLA46167168400010
2010–11 HC LuganoNLA1700026
2010–11 Oulun Kärpät SM-l 392354630006
2011–12 EV Zug NLA45268108902216
2012–13 EV ZugNLA483710681412345
2013–14 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA4638111161012312
2014–15 HC Fribourg-GottéronNLA452101286
2015–16 SC Bern NLA5041923541321324
2016–17 EV ZugNLA40331689411216
2017–18 EV ZugNL2812324500010
2018–19 SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NL2613428
NL totals6212710112812058751318173
NHL totals110118

International

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
1999 Switzerland WJC18 4th710135
2000 Switzerland WJC 6th702216
2001 SwitzerlandWJC6th711210
2006 Switzerland WC 9th40002
2010 SwitzerlandWC5th701125
2015 SwitzerlandWC8th70008
Junior totals2123561
Senior totals1801135

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References

  1. "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  2. "Capitals acquire first-round pick, Novotny from Buffalo". capitals.nhl.com. 2007-02-27. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  3. "Helbling attacks Germany's coaches after game". YouTube. 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2010-05-17.[ dead YouTube link ]
  4. "Timo Helbling comes in exchange for Ryan Gardner" (in German). SC Bern. 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-04-02.
  5. "Abuse of officials - EV Zug's Timo Helbling suspended for six games". swisshockeynews.ch. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  6. "Grateful for everything". swisshockeynews.ch. April 9, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.