Connor Charles Hellebuyck (// HEL-ə-buk; born May 19, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Jets in the fifth round, 130th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Hellebuyck at the 2015 AHL All-Star Game
May 19, 1993|
Commerce, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)|
|NHL team||Winnipeg Jets|
130th overall, 2012|
After completing his high school career at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township, Michigan, Hellebuyck played one year of junior hockey as a member of the Odessa Jackalopes, a franchise that had been a minor league affiliate of the New York Islanders but had recently moved to junior hockey as part of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Hellebuyck went from being virtually unknown to a top prospect while playing in Odessa, and was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets following his season in Odessa.
Hellebuyck earned a scholarship to play for the UMass Lowell River Hawks in the NCAA Men's Division I Hockey East Conference, where in two seasons he played 54 games and compiled a 38–12–2 record with a .946 save percentage, 1.60 goals against average and 12 shutouts. He won the Hockey East Championship and made a Frozen Four appearance in his freshman year. Lowell would repeat as Hockey East Champions the following year and Hellebuyck became the only player in Hockey East history to be named tournament MVP twice. Following his second year, Hellebuyck's outstanding play was rewarded with a selection to the 2013–14 Hockey East First Team.
For the 2013–14 season, Hellebuyck was awarded the inaugural Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in college hockey. Hellebuyck departed UMass Lowell as the school's shutout leader with 12 shutouts in 54 games, surpassing current Buffalo Sabres and former UMass Lowell goaltender Carter Hutton. He also owns single-season records for best save percentage (.952) and GAA (1.37), both in 2012–13.
Hellebuyck chose to forgo his final two years of college eligibility when he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL) on April 5, 2014. In the 2014–15 season, he played his first full professional season with the Jets' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps and was selected to the 2015 AHL All-Star Game serving as the Eastern Conference starter. Hellebuyck was called up by the Jets late in the regular season to dress as the backup goaltender for one game. On November 22, 2015, the Jets called up Hellebuyck after Ondřej Pavelec was injured during a game against the Arizona Coyotes. On November 27, 2015, Hellebuyck won his first NHL game, against the Minnesota Wild. On December 27, Hellebuyck recorded his first NHL shutout in a 1–0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Hellebuyck made the 2016–17 Jets ahead of Ondřej Pavelec. During his first season as a starter, Hellebuyck posted a 26–19–4 record in 56 games. On July 24, 2017, the Jets re-signed Hellebuyck to a one-year contract worth $2.25 million. In the 2017–18 Jets season, Hellebuyck posted a 44–11–9 record in 67 games, setting the record for the most single-season wins by an American goaltender in the NHL, previously held by Tom Barrasso of the 1992 title-winning Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as the record for most single-season home ice wins by an NHL goaltender, previously tied at 29 by Miikka Kiprusoff and Evgeni Nabokov. On April 17, Hellebuyck was named a Vezina Trophy finalist as the league's top goaltender.
|2015 Czech Republic|
Hellebuyck was chosen by the United States to play at the 2015 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Hellebuyck would backstop Team USA to a Bronze Medal in the tourney. Hellebuyck posted a record of 7–1–0 with a pair of shutouts during his eight tournament games. He would also finish with a 1.37 goals-against average and a .948 saving percentage. His seven wins tied a U.S. record for most in a single tournament set in 1939. Hellebuyck had been named to the initial roster of Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Regular season and playoffs
|2014–15||St. John's IceCaps||AHL||58||28||22||5||3332||143||6||2.58||.921||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
- "Connor Hellebuyck wins three, including his ninth career shutout".
- "UMass Lowell – Connor Hellebuyck named First-Team Hockey East All-Star". University of Massachusetts Lowell.
- "UMass-Lowell's Connor Hellebuyck wins inaugural Mike Richter Award – NHL.com – On Campus". nhl.com. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- Soderberg, Justin (April 5, 2014). "Connor Hellebuyck jets from UMass Lowell early".
- "Connor Hellebuyck named a 2015 AHL Eastern Conference All-Star". Mill City Sports. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- "Connor Hellebuyck starts for Eastern Conference in AHL All-Star Game". Mill City Sports. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- "Jets call up goalie Hellebuyck from St. John's". Winnipeg Free Press. April 10, 2015. (April).
- "Jets call up Hellebuyck after Pavelec injured by Doan hit". www.winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- "Jets sign Connor Hellebuyck". NHL.com. July 24, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
- Schlager, Brandon (April 7, 2018). "Jets' Connor Hellebuyck sets NHL single-season wins record for American goalies". sportingnews.com. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
- "Player Game Finder". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
- "Vezina Trophy finalists unveiled". NHL.com. April 17, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
- The Canadian Press (July 12, 2018). "Winnipeg Jets sign goalie Connor Hellebuyck to six-year contract after breakout season". The Star.
- "Connor Hellebuyck selected to U.S. National team for Worlds". millcitysports.com. April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
- "USA wins bronze with shutout win over Czech Republic at World Championship". The Score. May 17, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
- "Connor Hellebuyck, U.S. take home bronze at IIHF World Championships". Mill City Sports. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- "Connor Hellebuyck named to Team North America World Cup roster". Mill City Sports. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
- "2013–14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- "HockeyEastOnline.com – LEAGUE ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR TEAMS".
- "UMass-Lowell's Hellebuyck wins Mike Richter Award". nhl.com. April 11, 2014.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Hockey East Tournament MVP
| Hockey East Goaltending Champion
| Mike Richter Award