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Barons notebook: Defenseman Bryan Helmer, goaltender Yann Danis honored

Division champion Barons host Peoria at 7 p.m. Friday, Chicago at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Cox Center
BY SCOTT MUNN AND RYAN ABER, Staff Writers, smunn@opubco.com; raber@opubco.com Published: April 5, 2012
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Oklahoma City Barons defenseman Bryan Helmer is one of 29 finalists for the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, which goes to one American Hockey League player for outstanding community involvement. The award is named after a former Hershey Bears forward Yanick Dupre, who died 1997 after a 16-month battle with leukemia.

Helmer, the Barons' captain, is in his second season with Oklahoma City and 19th in pro hockey. The former NHL player brought with him the Helmer's Heroes charity program, which provides game tickets to youngsters with severe medical issues. The AHL will announce the Dupre Memorial Award winner in the next few weeks.

*Barons goaltender Yann Danis was selected by players, media and coaches as an AHL first-team All-Star for the entire season. Danis has 25 wins; 2.11 goals against average; .924 save percentage; and five shutouts. The current 2.11 GAA would break Triple-A-level hockey record for an Oklahoma City goaltender. Russ Gillow finished the 1967-68 season with a 2.16 GAA for the original Oklahoma City Blazers, who were affiliated with the Boston Bruins.

*The Barons host the Peoria Rivermen at 7 p.m. Friday and the Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Cox Center. Oklahoma City (43-19-9) has already clinched the West Division championship, and this weekend's games might provide a playoff preview. Chicago (38-26-6) has clinched a postseason berth, but Peoria (37-30-4) is barely hanging in the race for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference. The Rivermen will come in desperate for standings points.

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