SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs announced today that 20-year-old forward Adam Helewka has been reassigned by the San Jose Sharks organization and will return to the Western Hockey League. He is expected to join the Chiefs for their upcoming road trip, beginning in Medicine Hat, Alta. on Wednesday.
Helewka was drafted in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. He signed an Amateur Try Out (ATO) contract with San Jose in October and played three games with the San Jose Barracuda, the Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate, recording one assist and a +2 rating.
During the 2014-15 regular season, Helewka led the Chiefs with 44 goals and 43 assists, including 12 power play goals. He was the 27th Chief to score 40+ goals in a season and eighth since 1995-96. He also tied the franchise record for consecutive games scoring a goal with nine.
The return of Helewka puts four overage players on the Chiefs’ roster, as he joins D Jason Fram, F Riley Whittingham and F Luke Harrison. The Chiefs have two weeks to get down to the league-mandated limit of three.
Spokane begins a six-game road swing on Wednesday, October 28 against the Medicine Hat Tigers. The game will begin at 6 p.m. PDT with the pre-game radio show on 1510 KGA starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Chiefs’ next home game is another TicketsWest Player Magnet Giveaway Night at Spokane Arena as they host the Everett Silvertips on Wed., Nov. 11. Tickets for Nov. 11 and all Chiefs home games are available via TicketsWest, over-the-phone at 800-325-SEAT or online at www.ticketswest.com.