|February 6, 2012 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Kalamazoo, MI- The Kalamazoo Wings, proud member of the ECHL, two-time defending North Division Champions, reigning Eastern Conference Champions and National Hockey League affiliate to the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils and American Hockey League’s Albany Devils, announce the signing of forward Dwight Helminen; per team policy, terms of the contract will be undisclosed.
An eight-year pro, Helminen joins the K-Wings after starting the season in Europe playing with Pirati Choutove in the Czech Republic, where he posted 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) in 24 games.
A native of Hancock, Michigan, Helminen has played in 27 regular season games in the NHL, as well as eight postseason contests with the Carolina Hurricanes and the San Jose Sharks.
Playing a majority of his career in the NHL, AHL and Europe, Helminen’s best season as a professional was back in 2005-06, when the forward notched 55 points (32 goals, 23 assists) in 77 contests with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.
A former draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers (8th round, 244th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, this will be Helminen’s second time around in the ECHL, during his rookie season; he spent 28 games with the Charlotte Checkers.
A three-year standout at the University of Michigan, Helminen also participated in Team USA’s developmental program, playing for U.S. National Under 17, Under 18 and Under 20 teams.
Helminen is the cousin of former K-Wings defenseman John Kivisto, who was released this afternoon.
In separate transactions, the K-Wings have activated Eric Kattelus off the7- Day Injured Reserve and have placed Steven Anthony on the 7-Day IR.
Single-game tickets for the upcoming 2011-2012 season are on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office. Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, please call Wings Stadium Ticket Office during regular business hours at (269) 345-5101.
Tickets for all K-Wings home games are $12.90 and $16.90 for adults, $11.90 for seniors (62 years and older) and military (with proper ID) and only $6.90 for kids ages 12 and under. The price for all K-Wings premium night games (all colored ice games and New Year’s Eve game) are just $1 more. Fans can save money by purchasing K-Wings single game tickets in advance because tickets purchased on the day of a game increase by $1.
For more information about the signing of forward Dwight Helminen, please contact Mike Modugno, director of public relations and broadcaster at (269) 349-9772, extension 220.