By Chris Fitz Gerald
ALBANY, N.Y. – Last season was a long, but productive winter for Dwight Helminen, who played for the Charlotte Checkers as a rookie in 2004-05, as he played in the Finnish pro league.
Helminen skated for JYP Jyvaskyla in the wide open spaces of Finland, where much of its territory is located above the Arctic Circle.
“It was a small town and in the winter it’s pretty dark,” Helminen said of the Jyvaskyla, which is located in central Finland. “They don’t get much sunlight up there during the winter because of the latitude. It was definitely different.”