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Wheeling Nailers

Wheeling Nailers
2019-20 ECHL season
Wheeling Nailers logo.svg
CityWheeling, West Virginia
LeagueECHL
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded1981 (in the ACHL)
Home arenaWesBanco Arena
ColorsBlack, Vegas gold, white
              
Owner(s)Hockey Club of the Ohio Valley
Head coachMike Bavis
MediaWheeling News Register
WKWK Mix 97.3 FM
WTRF-TV channel 7
WTOV-TV channel 9
AffiliatesPittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Franchise history
1981-82Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
1982-89Carolina Thunderbirds
1989-92Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
1992-96Wheeling Thunderbirds
1996-presentWheeling Nailers
Championships
Regular season titles2 (1992-93, 1994-95)
Division Championships3 (1992-93, 1994-95, 2003-04)
Conference Championships2 (1992-93, 2015-16)

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

The Nailers are the oldest surviving minor league franchise below the level of the American Hockey League, with unbroken continuity of franchise and never having missed a season of play.

Franchise history

The Nailers began play in 1981 in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League as the Carolina Thunderbirds based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Thunderbirds won 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 lost the first ECHL playoff championship final to the Toledo Storm. 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. For the 2012-13 season, the Nailers dropped the red-black-gold scheme they had used for nearly two decades in favor of a black-and-gold palette used by the Penguins.[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 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] In June 2014 the Nailers returned to the North Division after the ECHL eliminated the Atlantic Division in its realignment for the 2014-15 season.[5]

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,[6] to take effect at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 season.

Season-by-season results

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L T OTL SOL Pts GF GA Standing Year Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
Wheeling Thunderbirds
1992-93 64 40 16 -- 8 -- 88 314 223 1st, East 1993 -- BYE W, 3-1, JHN W, 4-2, RAL L, 2-4, TOL
1993-94 68 38 23 -- 7 -- 83 327 289 3rd, North 1994 -- W, 2-0, NSH W, 3-1, HR L, 0-3, TOL --
1994-95 68 46 17 -- 5 -- 97 313 243 1st, North 1995 -- L, 0-3, BIR -- -- --
1995-96 70 42 23 -- -- 5 89 289 261 2nd, North 1996 -- W, 3-0, CLB L, 1-3, TAL -- --
Wheeling Nailers
1996-97 70 36 29 5 -- -- 77 298 291 4th, North 1997 -- L, 0-3, PEO -- -- --
1997-98 70 37 24 9 -- -- 83 255 255 2nd, North 1998 -- W, 3-2, DAY W, 3-1, TOL L, 2-4, HR --
1998-99 70 27 37 6 -- -- 60 206 249 6th, Northeast 1999 Did not qualify
1999-2000 70 25 40 5 -- -- 55 202 246 5th, Northeast 2000 Did not qualify
2000-01 72 24 40 8 -- -- 56 192 277 5th, Northeast 2001 Did not qualify
2001-02 72 36 32 4 -- -- 76 213 208 5th, Northeast 2002 Did not qualify
2002-03 72 28 41 3 -- -- 59 193 261 6th, Northeast 2003 Did not qualify
2003-04 72 51 17 4 -- -- 106 259 188 1st, North 2004 BYE L, 2-3, REA -- -- --
2004-05 72 38 29 5 -- -- 81 171 173 6th, North 2005 -- Did not qualify
2005-06 72 45 21 6 -- -- 96 247 186 2nd, East 2006 BYE W, 3-1, REA L, 2-3, TOL -- --
2006-07 72 32 34 -- 2 4 70 215 255 7th, North 2007 Did not qualify
2007-08 72 22 43 -- 3 4 51 186 284 7th, North 2008 Did not qualify
2008-09 72 36 28 -- 2 6 80 263 260 4th, North 2009 -- L, 3-4, CIN -- -- --
2009-10 72 33 32 -- 2 5 73 240 249 4th, North 2010 -- Did not qualify
2010-11 72 38 29 -- 0 5 81 230 210 2nd, North 2011 -- W, 3-1, SC W, 4-3, GRN L, 2-4, KAL --
2011-12 72 37 26 -- 4 6 83 219 202 2nd, Atlantic 2012 -- L, 1-3, KAL -- -- --
2012-13 72 31 29 -- 3 9 74 193 225 3rd, Atlantic 2013 -- Did not qualify
2013-14 72 39 27 -- 1 5 84 216 196 2nd, Atlantic 2014 -- W, 4-0, SC L, 2-4, GRN -- --
2014-15 72 37 33 -- 1 1 76 210 213 4th, North 2015 -- L, 3-4, TOL -- -- --
2015-16 72 37 26 -- 5 4 83 214 211 2nd, North 2016 -- W, 4-2, FLA W, 4-3, REA W, 4-3, SC L, 2-4, ALN
2016-17 72 34 30 -- 8 0 76 244 239 5th, North 2017 -- Did not qualify
2017-18 72 35 28 -- 8 1 79 248 245 5th, North 2018 -- Did not qualify
2018-19 72 31 31 -- 6 4 72 239 240 6th, Central 2019 -- Did not qualify

Players and personnel

Current roster

Updated November 18, 2019.[7][8]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
21 United States Cam Brown F L 26 2017 Natick, Massachusetts W-B/Scranton
27 United States Chris Brown C R 23 2019 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan W-B/Scranton
11 United States Alec Butcher RW R 25 2019 Anchorage, Alaska Nailers
17 United States Ryan Cloonan LW L 24 2019 East Longmeadow, Massachusetts Nailers
33 Canada Alex D'Orio G R 20 2019 Sherbrooke, Quebec Pittsburgh
25 Canada Brad Drobot RW R 30 2018 Calgary, Alberta Nailers
22 Slovenia Jan Drozg LW R 20 2019 Maribor, Slovenia Pittsburgh
2 Canada Marc-Olivier Duquette D L 21 2019 Chateauguay, Quebec Nailers
7 United States Brandon Hawkins RW R 25 2019 Macomb Township, Michigan W-B/Scranton
15 United States Cameron Heath D L 25 2019 Troy, Michigan Nailers
9 Japan Yushiroh Hirano RW R 24 2018 Tomakomai, Japan W-B/Scranton
20 United States Steve Johnson D L 25 2019 Excelsior, Minnesota Nailers
10 United States Lucas Kohls F R 26 2019 Forest Lake, Minnesota Nailers
12 Latvia Renars Krastenbergs LW L 20 2018 Jelgava, Latvia W-B/Scranton
5 United States Jack MacNee D L 23 2019 Ridgewood, New Jersey Nailers
4 United States Nick Minerva D R 23 2019 New Brunswick, New Jersey Nailers
19 Canada Myles Powell RW R 25 2019 Comox, British Columbia W-B/Scranton
30 Canada Jordan Ruby G L 28 2018 Tavistock, Ontario Nailers
13 United States Nick Saracino LW L 27 2018 St. Louis, Missouri Nailers
36 United States Ryan Scarfo C L 25 2019 North Chelmsford, Massachusetts W-B/Scranton
8 United States Blake Siebenaler D R 23 2019 Fort Wayne, Indiana W-B/Scranton
16 United States Craig Skudalski D L 24 2018 Wyoming, Pennsylvania Nailers
14 United States Will Smith LW L 23 2019 East Longmeadow, Massachusetts Nailers
3 United States Aaron Titcomb D R 26 2018 Charlestown, Massachusetts Nailers
6 Canada Spencer Trapp D L 23 2019 White City, Saskatchewan Nailers

Head coaches

Nailers alumni

References

  1. ^ "A to Z Encyclopaedia of Ice Hockey". Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Wheeling Nailers". Chris Creamer's Sports Logos.net. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Mastovich, Mike (April 2, 2010). "Arena confirms: Wheeling Nailers to play some games in Johnstown next year". The Tribune-Democrat.
  4. ^ Press Release (August 1, 2011). "Annual ECHL Board of Governors meeting concludes". ECHL. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Press Release (June 24, 2014). "Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting concludes". ECHL. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Press Release. "Ownership Transfer Approved By ECHL". Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Wheeling Nailers playing roster". Wheeling Nailers. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Wheeling Nailers Elite Prospects". EliteProspects.com. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Triveri, Frankie and David. "FRANCHISE HISTORY". Archived from the original on May 15, 2008. Retrieved 2009.
  10. ^ "Nailers Part With Coach". The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register. April 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Nailers Name Mike Bavis as Head Coach". Nailers. August 7, 2018.
  12. ^ wheelingnailers.com. "NHL Alumni". Retrieved 2013.

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