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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 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36