• A Faribault, Minnesota native, Helgeson will fulfill one childhood dream by playing for the University of Minnesota Gophers in the fall of 2009.
• He patterns his game after Minnesota Wild defenseman Brent Burns and Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger. His childhood hockey hero was Wayne Gretzky – “I always wanted to be like him”.
• Helgeson won a gold medal playing for Team USA at the 2008 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
• If he could invite any three people to dinner he would choose Tiger Woods, Lil Wayne and Wayne Gretzky.
NHL Team: Minnesota Wild NHL Player: Chris Pronger Shootout move: “Fake shot and then backhand” Goal celebration: Fist pump Video game: NHL ‘09 Movie: Lucky Number Slevin Reality Show: The Real World Actor: Vince Vaughn Cartoon: Road Runner Website: USHL.com Book: Ice Man Pump-up song: “A Millie” by Lil Wayne Sport (other than hockey): Baseball Place to visit: Australia Snack: Granola Bars Superhero: Batman