Rangers acquire 20-year-old Helliwell from Panthers

January 9, 2014

7:00 PM EST

By Jamie Neugebauer

Make no mistake about it: the 2013/14 Rangers mean business.

North York has acquired defenceman Corey Helliwell from the Pickering Panthers, the club announced Friday before the trade deadline.

Helliwell, 20, is a 5-foot-11 and 170-pound native of Pickering and is the second over-ager to be traded for this week by North York after the club acquired Brandon Gaudette from the Orangeville Flyers on Tuesday.

The Rangers become the fourth organization of Helliwell’s career as he spent time with the Brampton Capitals and the Cobourg Cougars after debuting in his rookie campaign with his hometown team.

“He brings a veteran presence and an increased level of depth to our club,” said North York bench boss John Dean.

“We’re excited to bring in a guy who has experienced club success the last couple of years and who can bring a little bit of everything to the game.”

The Rangers will get their first look at him on Saturday night when they travel to Georgetown to take on the Raiders. He will play his first game at the Herb on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. when North York does battle with the St. Michael’s Buzzers.