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Gerry Helper
Senior Vice President of Hockey Communications & Public Relations

A veteran of more than 35 years in hockey having been with the National Hockey League or one of its teams since 1979, Gerry Helper joined the Predators in October 1997, and has served in various communications roles. In addition to heading up the club’s public and media relations efforts, Helper assists in relations with the Sports Authority, Sports Council, Metro and State Governments. Helper works closely with upper management on external organizational and franchise communication issues. He has also served in various capacities on the board of the Predators Foundation, and is currently the Vice President. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $4 million to Nashville area charitable and community service organizations, including a single-season record of $415,020.47 in 2014-15.

Helper has also been active with USA Hockey, serving as a communications liaison for the United States’ silver medal-winning entry at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and on USA Hockey’s marketing council from 1994-99.

Helper oversees the club’s media and public relations efforts, publications, the team’s web site and community relations initiatives. He was on the NHL’s Communications Advisory Board from 2004-09, and was the organization’s point person with the NHL for the 2003 NHL Entry Draft in Nashville, which drew more than 13,000 people to the Bridgestone Arena.  In 2011-12, the Predators Communications Department received the Dick Dillman Award, presented by the PHWA to the top communications department in each conference, and was a finalist again in 2012-13.

In his first stint with an expansion franchise, Helper spent nearly seven years (1991-97) with the Tampa Bay Lightning as the team’s vice president of communications.  He assisted with the development of Tampa Bay’s successful 1999 NHL All-Star Weekend bid.  He also spent time as the NHL’s director of information (1987-89) and director of public relations (1989-91) after beginning his sports career with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres (1979-86). He also worked several Stanley Cup Finals and All-Star Games throughout his career.

Helper served on the board of directors for the Middle Tennessee YMCA and Joe C. Davis Camp Widjiwagan, and is currently on the board of the Nashville Sports Council.  He is a 1979 graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a BA in mass communications and a 2000 graduate of Leadership Music.

Helper resides in Franklin, Tenn., with his wife, Kim, and daughters, Renee and Abigail.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 10 3 5 6 8
S. Weber 10 3 4 -4 7
R. Johansen 10 3 4 1 7
R. Josi 10 0 7 -3 7
M. Ekholm 10 3 2 3 5
J. Neal 10 3 1 -2 4
M. Fisher 10 2 2 -2 4
F. Forsberg 10 2 2 -7 4
R. Ellis 10 0 3 1 3
C. Smith 7 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 5 5 0 .920 2.33
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00