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Helm upbeat after finally returning to the ice

Jul 11, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT

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Darren Helm was limited to just one game last season due to a back injury, but he’s starting the summer on a high note.

As expected, Helm attended the Detroit Red Wings’ Traverse City event and his first on-ice session in about two months went very well, according to NHL.com.

“You guys haven’t seen one of these on my face in a while,” Helm said, referring to his smile. “I’m feeling good and can’t help but be excited.”

The 26-year-old forward understandably wasn’t as fast as he usually is, but he figures his signature speed will return in the coming weeks.

He set career highs in 2010-11 with 12 goals and 32 points in 82 games and recorded another 26 points in 68 contests in 2011-12. He’s also an above average player on the draw.

If Helm’s summer rehab goes well, then his return in 2013-14 would significantly improve the Red Wings’ third line.

  1. LampyB - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Woohoo!!!!!

  2. ntvd7 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I really missed seeing this guy play

    Good to see him back…

  3. Victor - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    The Wings need him to return to form. He’s felt good before, so let’s hope this lasts. Who would’ve thought a third line checker would be so important to a franchise?

    • shoobiedoobin - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      You can’t understand how important Helm is until you’ve seen him play game in and game out. He’s the fastest guy I’ve ever seen play hockey and I’ve been watching this game for 30 years. I’ve seen speedsters come and go but no one has his combination of speed, acceleration and quickness, not Fedorov, not Bure, no one. And he uses that speed to rocket propel himself into, not at, INTO guys up to 60lbs heavier and 5 inches taller than him. Ask Jovonovski what it’s like to play against Darren Helm. He’s a nightmare. His speed and intensity is just on another level. My only fear is this injury will rob him of these talents and if they don’t, his play style will end his career early.

      • ntvd7 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        It’s not just his speed, he’s incredibly smart and has great hockey IQ

  4. nicwel - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Nightmare on Helm street!

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