ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Bryan Helmer from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Helmer, 36, has played in eight NHL games this season, recording three assists and a +1 rating. He made his debut with the Capitals on Nov. 28 and posted two points on Dec. 26 against Buffalo, when he was named the number one star of the game. Helmer has played 142 career NHL games with the Capitals, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues.
The 16-year pro, who wears No. 43 in Washington, is in his first season with Hershey and is the team captain. He has skated in 33 games with the Bears this season and leads all defensemen with 19 points, all assists. He is fourth on the team in assists and tied for sixth in plus/minus rating (+15).
The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native is slated to captain the Canadian team at the AHL All-Star Game on Jan. 26 in Worcester, Mass. He is the AHL’s active leader in career games played (875) and career assists (361).