BORN FEBRUARY 27TH 1963 in Sydney Australia, he was educated at Rozelle Primary (1968–74) in Sydney's inner west, then completed a HSC at Balmain High (1975–81) while playing junior hockey in the local league. He was there in seemingly every team photo, from the age of 19 when the Macquarie Bears IHC of the newly-formed NSW Super League was incorporated in 1982; when it was renamed “The Sydney Bears” in 1997; when it became a foundation club of today's Australian Ice Hockey League in 2000. He is still there today as General Manager, displaying the genius for durability that has been a recurring theme in his work.
From inception back then, "Bears vs Bombers" games became highlights of the Super League fixture, even though players and coaches came and went. The club steadily improved from two grades to Pee Wees, Bantams, Midgets, Juniors, Senior B and Super League in just two seasons with the support and assistance of builders such as player-team manager, Ron Mann, and the Macquarie rink managing director, Peter King.
He won the Junior minor premiership with the Bears in 1983. He won his first Goodall Cup as head coach and manager of the New South Wales state team in 1999, his second as manager of the Bears in 2002, and his third as vice president and general manager of the Bears in 2007. Club president in later years, he was also General Manager of the National Senior Team at no less than ten straight World Championships, 1995 to 2004, a permanent fixture surviving a long line of coaches that included Dan Reynolds, Marc Bowles, Kelly Lovering, John Botterill, Jari Gondstrand, and Don Champagne. This work was rewarded with a silver and 5 bronze medals.
Foundation president and board member of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) in 2000, he and league secretary Tony Lane led the representation for affiliation with the national association, which resulted in a Working Agreement that was ultimately successful. The AIHL has since provided a platform for showcasing the best ice hockey players and coaches Australia has to offer, across seventeen successful seasons, and at a steadily rising rate of maturation. Currently a Senior Network Analyst at Telstra his hockey career has spanned almost four decades, mostly at the one club.
Ross Carpenter, 'Hellyer, Wayne (1963 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia, http://icelegendsaustralia.com/legends-2/bio-hellyer.html, accessed online .