Wheeling Nailers

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Wheeling Nailers
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City Wheeling, West Virginia
League ECHL
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 1981
Home arena WesBanco Arena
Colors

Black, Vegas gold, white

              
Owner(s) Hockey Club of the Ohio Valley
Head coach Clark Donatelli
Captain Dustin Stevenson
Media Wheeling News Register
WEGW 107.5 FM
WTRF-TV channel 7
WTOV-TV channel 9
Affiliates Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)

The Wheeling Nailers are an ECHL ice hockey team based in Wheeling, West Virginia. They are the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL.

Franchise history[edit]

The oldest surviving minor league hockey franchise below the level of the American Hockey League, the Nailers began play in 1981 in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League as the Carolina Thunderbirds based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Thunderbirds were hugely successful on the ice, winning four consecutive regular season titles and were three-time Bob Paine Trophy winners as league champions.[1] In 1987, the ACHL folded and the team joined the All-American Hockey League, which lasted just the 1987–88 season. The Thunderbirds, Virginia Lancers, and Johnstown Chiefs then became the basis for the East Coast Hockey League, now known as the ECHL. The Thunderbirds won the first ECHL playoff championship, then known as the Jack Riley Cup, defeating Johnstown. The team was renamed Winston-Salem Thunderbirds in 1990 and moved to Wheeling to become the Wheeling Thunderbirds in 1992 under the leadership of president and co-owner Ed Broyhill.

After a trademark dispute with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, the team was renamed Nailers for the 1996–97 season when the franchise held a contest open to local fans, which was won by C. J. Wickham of Steubenville, Ohio. The name "Nailers" was chosen for the city's long history of nail manufacturing. The team colors have been black and Vegas gold since the 2012–13 season.[2]

The team plays at the WesBanco Arena (formerly the Wheeling Civic Center), and used the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania as an alternative venue during the 2010–2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.[3] After missing the playoffs for five straight seasons, they had a 106-point season in 2003–04. They were defeated by the Reading Royals in 5 games, 3–2. In season 2005–06 they had a great season making it to the second round of the playoffs losing to Toledo in the final second of the final game.

In addition to winning the inaugural ECHL champion in the playoffs, the Nailers hold the record with three regular season Brabham Cup titles.

In August 2011, the Nailers moved to the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division as part of the league realignment for the 2011–12 season. The Chicago Express took the North Division spot vacated by the Nailers.[4]

On March 29, 2012, the ECHL announced that ownership of the Nailers would be transferred from the Brooks-owned Nailers Hockey LLC to the Hockey Club of the Ohio Valley, a joint venture of the Ohio Valley Industrial & Business Development Corporation, and the Wheeling Amateur Hockey Association,[5] to take effect at the conclusion of the 2011–2012 season.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1992–93 64 40 16 8 88 314 223 1st, East
1993–94 68 38 23 7 83 327 289 3rd, North
1994–95 68 46 17 5 97 313 243 1st, North
1995–96 70 42 23 5 89 289 261 2nd, North
1996–97 70 36 29 5 77 298 291 4th, North
1997–98 70 37 24 9 83 255 255 2nd, North
1998–99 70 27 37 6 60 206 249 6th, Northeast
1999–2000 70 25 40 5 55 202 246 5th, Northeast
2000–01 72 24 40 8 56 192 277 5th, Northeast
2001–02 72 36 32 4 76 213 208 5th, Northeast
2002–03 72 28 41 3 59 193 261 6th, Northeast
2003–04 72 51 17 4 106 259 188 1st, North
2004–05 72 38 29 5 81 171 173 6th, North
2005–06 72 45 21 6 96 247 186 2nd, East
2006–07 72 32 34 6 70 215 255 7th, North
2007–08 72 22 43 3 4 51 186 284 7th, North
2008–09 72 36 28 2 6 80 263 260 4th, North
2009–10 72 33 35 2 5 73 240 249 4th, North
2010–11 72 38 29 0 5 81 230 210 2nd, North
2011–12 72 37 26 4 6 83 219 202 2nd, Atlantic
2012–13 72 31 29 3 9 74 193 225 3rd, Atlantic

Playoffs[edit]

Season Preliminary 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup finals
1992–93 Bye W, 3–1, Johnstown W, 4–2, Raleigh L, 2–4, Toledo
1993–94 W, 2–0, Nashville W, 3–1, Hampton L, 0–3, Toledo
1994–95 L, 0–3, Birgmingham
1995–96 W, 3–0, Columbus L, 1–3, Tallahassee
1996–97 L, 0–3, Peoria
1997–98 W, 3–2, Dayton W, 3–1, Toledo L, 2–4, Hampton
1998–99 Out of playoffs
1999–2000 Out of playoffs
2000–01 Out of playoffs
2001–02 Out of playoffs
2002–03 Out of playoffs
2003–04 L, 2–3, Reading
2004–05 Out of playoffs
2005–06 W, 3–1, Reading L, 2–3, Toledo
2006–07 Out of playoffs
2007–08 Out of playoffs
2008–09 L, 3–4, Cincinnati
2009–10 Out of playoffs
2010–11 W, 3–1, South Carolina W, 4–3, Greenville L, 2–4, Kalamazoo
2011–12 L, 1–3, Kalamazoo
2012–13 Out of playoffs

Current roster[edit]

Updated February 13, 2014.[6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
12 Canada Areshenko, JakeJake Areshenko D L 25 2013 Port Coquitlam, British Columbia Nailers
10 Canada Bakker, ShaneShane Bakker C L 26 2013 Ottawa, Ontario Nailers
26 Canada Carrier, AlexandreAlexandre Carrier RW R 23 2013 Saint-Elzéar, Chaudière-Appalaches, Quebec Nailers
4 Canada Cianfrini, PaulPaul Cianfrini D L 24 2013 Dundas, Ontario Nailers
1 United States Condon, MikeMike Condon G L 23 2013 Needham, Massachusetts Montreal
5 United States Fernandez, TylerTyler Fernandez F L 25 2013 Bloomfield, Connecticut Nailers
6 United States Harvey, MylesMyles Harvey D L 25 2013 Orlando, Florida Nailers
21 Canada Gill, SahirSahir Gill C L 21 2013 Terrace, British Columbia Nailers
8 United States Goers, BarryBarry Goers (A) D R 27 2013 Ivyland, Pennsylvania Nailers
14 Canada Grassi, MattMatt Grassi Injured Reserve D R 25 2013 Burnaby, British Columbia Hamilton
98 Canada Johnson, ChazChaz Johnson (A) RW R 30 2013 Montreal, Quebec Nailers
20 United States Kuqali, NicholasNicholas Kuqali D R 28 2014 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Nailers
29 United States Mannino, PeterPeter Mannino G L 30 2013 Southfield, Michigan WBS
7 United States MacKay, MaxMax MacKay RW R 23 2013 Salt Lake City, Utah Nailers
27 Canada Manderson, DenverDenver Manderson (A) C R 24 2011 Fergus, Ontario Nailers
13 United States McGrath, PatrickPatrick McGrath RW R 21 2013 Shavertown, Pennsylvania Nailers
3 Canada Merth, PeterPeter Merth Injured Reserve D R 26 2010 New Westminster, British Columbia WBS
30 Canada Millan, KieranKieran Millan G L 24 2014 Edmonton, Alberta Colorado
11 United States Minella, ChristiaanChristiaan Minella Injured Reserve LW R 28 2011 Cincinnati, Ohio WBS
23 United States Mulvey, ColinColin Mulvey F R 23 2013 Worcester, Massachusetts Nailers
2 United States Ratchuk, MikeMike Ratchuk D L 26 2013 South Buffalo, New York Nailers
17 Canada Rowney, CarterCarter Rowney F R 24 2013 Grande Prairie, Alberta WBS
24 Canada Smith, JustinJustin Smith F R 26 2013 Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia Nailers
9 Canada Stevenson, DustinDustin Stevenson (C) D L 24 2013 Gull Lake, Saskatchewan WBS
16 Canada Sylvester, CodyCody Sylvester F L 22 2013 Vernon, British Columbia WBS
15 Canada Torquato, ZackZack Torquato (A) C R 24 2011 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Nailers
United States Trottier, JordyJordy Trottier Injured Reserve F R 25 2013 Bozeman, Montana Nailers
19 Canada Zurevinski, ScottScott Zurevinski Injured Reserve F L 25 2012 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Nailers

Nailers alumni[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A to Z Encyclopaedia of Ice Hockey". Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.sportslogos.net/logos/list_by_team/1918/Wheeling_Nailers/
  3. ^ http://tribune-democrat.com/sports/x993486041/Arena-confirms-Wheeling-Nailers-to-play-some-games-in-Johnstown-next-year
  4. ^ Press release (August 1, 2011). "Annual ECHL Board of Governors meeting concludes". ECHL. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ Press Release. "Ownership Transfer Approved By ECHL". Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Nailers Hockey - The Official Website". Wheeling Nailers. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  7. ^ wheelingnailers.com. "NHL Alumni". Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ Triveri, Frankie and David. "FRANCHISE HISTORY". Retrieved July 13, 2009. [dead link]

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