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Helmer sets AHL scoring mark for defensemen

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Oklahoma City defenseman Bryan Helmer became the highest-scoring defenseman in American Hockey League history when he scored twice and added an assist in the Barons' 7-2 victory at Peoria on Thursday night.

Helmer, 38, now has 122 goals and 398 assists for 520 points in 986 regular-season AHL games. Helmer also has played 146 NHL games with Phoenix, St. Louis, Vancouver and Washington, for whom he played as recently as 2008-09 season.

Helmer broke the held for nearly four years by John Slaney, who recorded 519 points during his AHL career.

Helmer, who captained Hershey to back-to-back Calder Cup championships in 2009 and 2010, signed with Oklahoma City on Jan. 7 and has made an immediate impact with the Barons, recording 2 goals and 5 assists in his first four games, including at least one point in all four contests.

The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., has also suited up in the AHL for Albany, Worcester, Manitoba, Springfield, Grand Rapids, and San Antonio over the course of his 18-year career. In addition to his pair of Calder Cup titles with Hershey, he won the AHL championship with Albany in 1995 and has appeared in an AHL-record 138 Calder Cup playoff games.

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