Wheeling Nailers Want You To Decide



The Wheeling Nailers are doing something a little different this season something that you wouldn’t expect a franchise to do. The Nailers are inviting their fans to help choose a logo for the center circle on the ice at WesBanco Arena this season.

The first option (A) is the logo that was used on the ice during the 2013-14 season, featuring the traditional black and gold shield with nails, inside of a black circle, with the word “Wheeling” on the top, and the word “Nailers” on the bottom, written in white.

The second option (B) is the logo that was used on the ice during the 2012-13 season, and is also featured on the crest of the Nailers home and away jerseys. That logo is the traditional black and gold shield with nails.

The third option (C) is the logo that has yet to be used on the ice with the recent color scheme, but can be found on the windows of the Nailers office on Main Street. Once again, the traditional black and gold shield with nails is featured, with the word “Nailers” written under the logo in gold, and the word “Wheeling” written under that in gold type with a black background.

The fourth option (D) is a logo that has yet to be used in any fashion by itself, but is a part of the current logo. For this logo, the traditional black and gold shield gets removed, but the two nails remain, crossing each other in the shape of an “X.”

Fans can vote for which logo they would like via the team’s social media accounts. On Twitter, fans can “retweet” or “favorite” the one they like the best. On Facebook, fans can “like” the one they like the best.

The winning logo will be revealed on September 15th, when the ice goes into WesBanco Arena.

Opening Night for the 2014-15 regular season is just 50 days away, as the Wheeling Nailers will play host to the Reading Royals on Saturday, October 18th at 7:35.

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Nailers, Canadiens Extend Affiliation Agreement



The Wheeling Nailers announced today that they have extended their affiliation agreement with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League and Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

Wheeling enters its fifth consecutive season as the ECHL affiliate for both Montreal and Hamilton, as well as its tenth season overall with the Canadiens. Over the course of those years, seven former Nailers/Thunderbirds have made their NHL debuts with the Canadiens. In addition, a total of eight former Nailers/Thunderbirds have suited up with Montreal, including defenseman Francis Bouillon, who tallied two goals and six points in 52 games during the 2013-14 regular season.

“We are excited to extend our relationship with the Canadiens and their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs,” said Nailers Governor Don Rigby. “Montreal has placed some very talented players in Wheeling in recent seasons, and we believe that with two strong affiliations, the Nailers will be able to put a successful team on the ice in 2014-15.”

Montreal, Hamilton, and Wheeling experienced a fair amount of movement throughout the system last season. Seven different players dressed in at least one game for both the Nailers and Bulldogs during the 2013-14 campaign, including goaltender Mike Condon, who established a team record with Wheeling for most shutouts in a single season (6). Montreal and Hamilton saw 11 players appear for both teams, led by Michael Bournival, who recorded seven goals, seven assists, and 14 points during his rookie season in the NHL.

“The Montreal Canadiens are very happy to extend our affiliation with the Wheeling Nailers. The players that we have put in there in the past have done well, and we have been pleased with their development. Clark Donatelli and the Wheeling organization have been great to work with, and we believe that this year will be even better,” said Montreal Canadiens Assistant General Manager Rick Dudley.

The 2014-15 crop of future Canadiens and Bulldogs will begin their season with the Nailers on Saturday, October 18th at 7:35, when they play host to the Reading Royals at WesBanco Arena.

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WBS Penguins Announce 2014-15 Regular Season Schedule



It was released today the the WBS Penguins will open their 16th season of play at home on Saturday, October 11, when they welcome the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Penguins, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, released its full 2014-15 schedule this morning.

The Penguins will play a 76-game regular season schedule (38 home/38 road) featuring games against every team in the Eastern Conference. The majority of those (40 games total – 20 home/20 road) will come against East Division foes. The Penguins will also face off against clubs from the Northeast Division (20 games total – 10 home/10 road) and Atlantic Division (16 games total – 8 home/8 road).

The home opener will be the first contest for the recently relocated Phantoms, who begin play in Allentown this year after spending the past three campaigns in Glens Falls, New York. It’s somewhat of an historic meeting, as the Phantoms (then located in Philadelphia) hosted the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s inaugural game on October 1, 1999.

The Penguins’ first road trip of the season sees the team traveling north to face the St. John’s IceCaps. The two teams faced off in the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs, with St. John’s advancing to the championship round in six games.

Thirty of the team’s 38 home contests will take place on weekend evenings or afternoons. The Penguins’ longest homestands are four games each (December 27-January 2; February 11-February 21), while the team’s longest stretch of games away from northeast Pennsylvania encompasses six contests (February22-March 8).

We will have the entire interactive schedule up as soon as we get it entered into our database.

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The Wheeling Nailers and WBS Penguins Extend Affiliation



The Wheeling Nailers, proud members of the ECHL, are excited to announce that they have extended their affiliation agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

Wheeling enters its 15th consecutive season as the ECHL affiliate for both Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, as well as its 16th season overall with the NHL Penguins. Over the course of those years, 13 former Nailers have made their NHL debuts with the Penguins, including forwards Adam Payerl and Zach Sill, along with defensemen Philip Samuelsson, who all accomplished that feat during the 2013-14 campaign. In addition, a total of 15 former Nailers/Thunderbirds have suited up with Pittsburgh, featuring the likes of goaltender Tomas Vokoun and forward Paul Bissonnette.

“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with the Penguins and their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins,” said Nailers Governor Don Rigby. “Pittsburgh does an excellent job of balancing the values of winning and player development on the ice, while also helping us make a valuable connection with our fans off of the ice.”

Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Wheeling have a strong history of advancing players in their organization, and the 2013-14 season followed suit. Last year alone saw 14 different players dress in at least one game for both the Nailers and the AHL Penguins, including forward Anton Zlobin and goaltender Peter Mannino, whose large contributions helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reach the Eastern Conference Final. The NHL/AHL pipeline was equally busy last season, as 14 players suited up for both Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, led by forward Brian Gibbons, who racked up 47 points in 69 games between the two levels.

“The Penguins are pleased to extend our relationship with the Wheeling Nailers. Penguins fans saw the importance Wheeling has within our organization last season when we had a handful of former Nailers see NHL action with us,” said Pittsburgh Penguins Associate General Manager Jason Botterill.

The 2014-15 crop of future Penguins will get an immediate taste of the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia rivalry, when the Nailers open the regular season against the Reading Royals on Saturday, October 18th at 7:35.

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2014 – 15 AHL Schedule To Be Released Aug 27th



Pending its approval by the AHL Board of Governors, the American Hockey League’s 2014-15 regular-season schedule will be released on Wednesday, August 27, at 11:00 a.m. ET.

The schedule will be available for viewing and download on the official Web site of the American Hockey League, theahl.com.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 13th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2013-14

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Penguins Prospects to be Showcased at NHL Rookie Tournament



The Pittsburgh Penguins will take part in the 2014 NHL Rookie Tournament, happening at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario from September 13 to 16, an annual event that gives NHL fans a glimpse of some of the League’s best young players.

In addition to the Pens, this year’s tourney will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Chicago Blackhawks, with each squad playing three games in four days.

Among the prospects who may be part of the Penguins’ rookie squad are defenseman Derrick Pouliot, goaltender Tristan Jarry and forward Kasperi Kapanen.

The 18 year-old Kapanen was selected 22nd overall by the Pens at this year’s NHL Draft. Kapanen dazzled Penguins’ brass at the club’s recent development camp, leading to speculation by Pens assistant general manager Bill Guerin that the young Finn could have a chance to stick with the big club this year.

Kapanen could start the season with the Pens, but will have to prove he’s ready to handle a regular shift on a scoring line to have any chance of sticking with the club all season.

Tristan Jarry could see plenty of time between the pipes for the Penguins at this year’s Rookie Tourney. Taken 4th overall by the Pens in 2013, is coming off a Memorial Cup victory with the Edmonton Oilers this past May.

The 19 year-old was also named a WHL First Team All-Star following an outstanding 2013-2014 campaign, during which he recorded 44 wins and a rock solid 2.24 goals on average. Jarry will return to Edmonton for another year of junior, but not before getting a long look at Pittsburgh’s training camp in September.

Following shoulder surgery back in May, it is unclear whether Derrick Pouliot will be ready to suit up for the Pens at the upcoming Rookie Tournament. Drafted 8th overall by Pittsburgh in 2012, the 19 year-old is one of the most highly touted defensive prospects in the game today.

Named the CHL’s Defenseman of the Year last season, Pouliot posted 70 points in 58 games and added a whopping 32 points in 21 playoff games. Sites like bettingsports will surely have Pouliot in pole position for rookie of the year in the very near future.

Pouliot would likely challenge for a regular spot on most other NHL teams, his role with the Penguins in the upcoming campaign will be determined by his recovery from surgery and the performance of Pittsburgh’s other young defensive prospects including Olli Maata, Brian Dumoulin and Simon Despres.

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Tux Makes The Cut



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Photo Credit – wbspenguins.comMakes The Cut

The WBS Penguins Team mascot Tux is a popular guy not only at games but out in the community as well. Whenever or wherever you see him there is always a crowd gathering.

Tux has been is several different mascot related contests and has always come out on top, recently he has been involved in the 2014 Favorite Mascot of the Year contest. Tux or Chad as some know him as has made his way to the finals and could use the support if all Penguin Fans.

Lets show Tux the same support he gives our team and our fans come out and vote.

http://www.mascotinsider.com/2014-favorite-mascot-of-the-year-finals-open/#pd_a_8222450

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