Nailers Announce “Big Six” Promotional Schedule



The Wheeling Nailers were thrilled to announce their “Big Six” Promotional Schedulethis afternoon for the 2014-15 season. The “Big Six” Promotional Schedule features the six biggest and best promotions of the season, and all of the games are featured in the Nailers six-game mini plan.

The first big promotional night of the season takes place on Opening Night – Saturday, October 18th, when the Nailers battle the Reading Royals. All fans in attendance will receive a magnetic schedule, courtesy of Cipco Solutions. Nearly 4,000 tickets have already been sold for Opening Night, as the Penguins/Flyers rivalry returns to the ECHL.

The second big promotional night occurs on Saturday, November 29th, when the Florida Everblades visit WesBanco Arena for a two-game weekend series. The first 2,500 fans in attendance on the 29th will receive a Jersey Bank, courtesy of Main Street Bank. Select banks will contain various prizes, ranging from souvenirs to as much as $2,000 in cash.

The third big promotional night is exactly one week later on Saturday, December 6th, when Wheeling plays a pair of games against the Utah Grizzlies for the first time in team history. The first 2,500 fans in attendance on the 6th will receive a Patrick McGrath Bobblefist, courtesy of Main Street Bank. In 2013-14, McGrath led the Nailers with 18 fighting majors and 176 penalty minutes, giving the team the perfect chance to display the tough guy’s best assets – his fists.

The weather should be significantly colder for the fourth big promotional night on Saturday, January 24th, when the Nailers clash with the Fort Wayne Komets. The first 1,000 fans in attendance that night will receive a Ski Cap, courtesy of WesBanco. With the Ski Cap Giveaway, fans will be able to stay warm during the cold winter months, while doing so in stylish fashion.

For the second year in a row, there will be multiple giveaways that bobble. The fifth big promotional night takes center stage on Saturday, February 7th, as Wheeling welcomes the Cincinnati Cyclones back to its division for the first time in four seasons. The giveaway that night will be a bobblehead to the first 2,500 fans in attendance, and the team will announce the featured individual at a later date.

Finally, for the third consecutive season, trading cards find their way onto the promotional schedule. The sixth and final big promotional night is the Saturday, March 14th game, when the Elmira Jackals make their way to West Virginia. The first 2,500 fans in attendance that evening will receive a trading card set of the entire team.

Fans who wish to attend each of the games featured in the “Big Six” Promotional Schedule can purchase either a six-game or eight-game mini plan. Season tickets are also available for the 2014-15 campaign. For tickets and more information, call the Nailers at (304) 234-GOAL.

“Big Six” Promotional Schedule
1. Saturday, October 18th- Magnetic Schedule for all fans, courtesy of Cipco Solutions
2. Saturday, November 29th- Jersey Bank Giveaway for first 2,500 fans, courtesy of Main Street Bank
3. Saturday, December 6th- Patrick McGrath Bobblefist Giveaway for first 2,500 fans, courtesy of Main Street Bank
4. Saturday, January 24th- Ski Cap Giveaway for first 1,000 fans, courtesy of WesBanco
5. Saturday, February 7th- Bobblehead Giveaway for first 2,500 fans
6. Saturday, March 14th- Team Trading Card Set Giveaway for first 2,500 fans

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The Wheeling Nailers Debut Opening Night Promo



The Wheeling Nailers have come up with another great opening night promotion. The Nailers, CentreTown Fitness, and The Ohio Valley Runners’ Club present The Opening Night 5K run.

We are excited to be partnering with OVMC, CentreTown Fitness, and the Ohio Valley Runners’ Club to help promote this fantastic event,” said Nailers Vice President Craig Bommer. “We hope to continue to grow this event in years to come, making it a great tradition to get the season off to a running start,” he said.

The Opening Night 5K will begin on Saturday, October 18th at 9:00 AM, with the starting line located at the bike trail at 17th and Wood Streets. The course travels through Tunnel Green to Rock Point Road, over Rock Point, and by the Ogden Newspaper facility, before ultimately finishing near the parking lot of the First Choice America Credit Union on 20th Street.

Pre-registration is $25 through October 17th, or $30 on the day of the race from 7:30-8:30 at CentreTown Fitness. Each participant will receive one ticket to the Nailers’ Opening Night game at 7:35 on October 18th, complimentary food and beverages, door prizes, and more, while the first 200 entrants will receive a long-sleeve shirt. Awards will be presented during first intermission of the Opening Night game to the top three overall male and female runners, top three male and female walkers, top three finishers in each age group run and walk, and first CenterTown member male and female run and walk. Funds raised will go to Ohio Valley Health Services and Education (OVHS&E) Foundation.

“The event is being held to promote the physical benefits and social enjoyment of a competitive 5K race run or walk and is an excellent way to begin the 2014-15 hockey season,” said George Frazier, Director of CentreTown Fitness.

Sponsors for the Opening Night 5K Run are: CentreTown Fitness, The Ohio Valley Runners’ Club, Main Street Bank, OVMC/EORH, WTRF-7, RRCA, TJ’s, The Intelligencer, Beyond Marketing, Clear Channel Radio, First Choice America, Hole ‘n Run, Pepsi Bottling Group, and Vocelli Pizza of Wheeling.

Opening Night is less than 40 days away.

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Nailers Re-Sign Shane Bakker



The Wheeling Nailers announced their tenth player signing of the 2014 offseason. Wheeling has signed forward Shane Bakker to an ECHL contract.

Bakker, 26, was claimed off of waivers by the Nailers on December 3rd, before making his professional debut in a Wheeling uniform three days later. Although his statistics didn’t jump off of the page in the early part of the season, Shane caught fire in February, accumulating four goals and eight points in 12 games, including a three-point performance in Reading on the 8th. That night, he netted the first two goals of his pro career, including a shorthanded marker. For the season, the Ottawa, ON native produced six goals, 12 assists, 18 points and 76 penalty minutes in 49 games.

Shane Baker Photo Credit - Wheeling Nailers

Shane Baker Photo Credit – Wheeling Nailers

“Shane Bakker is a big power forward with lots of potential, who has the ability to play both center and on the wing,” said Nailers Head Coach Clark Donatelli. “He made some big strides last season, gaining confidence, while playing to his strengths, using his speed, and taking the puck to the net. I am looking forward to seeing Shane’s game improve even more this season, while taking a leadership role as well,” he said.

Prior to turning pro, Bakker spent five seasons at Carleton University, where he recorded 17 goals, 31 assists, 48 points, and 398 penalty minutes in 121 games. His most productive year with the Ravens came during the 2011-12 campaign, when he totaled seven goals and 13 points, despite playing in just 20 contests. Shane also spent two seasons in the CJHL with the Orleans Blues and Nepean Raiders, tacking on 14 goals and 46 points in 88 games.

“I had a lot of fun in my first season with the Nailers last year, and it made me very happy to see that a lot of the core guys from that team are coming back,” Bakker said. “I got off to a bit of a slow start, as I was getting used to the league, but as time went on, I fell into a groove. I feel as though I learned the systems better, while learning more from Clark Donatelli, which led to me playing with more confidence, and that ultimately translated to a better second half,” he said.

Shane Bakker and the Wheeling Nailers will begin the 2014-15 season on Saturday, October 18th at 7:35, when they welcome the Reading Royals to WesBanco Arena.

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Nailers Announce Changes to Preseason Schedule



The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, have announced a pair of changes to their preseason schedule. Wheeling’s preseason game on Saturday, October 11th at Cincinnati has been cancelled. Instead, the Nailers will now battle the Cyclones on Sunday, October 12th at 5:05 at WesBanco Arena.

For the second straight season, the Nailers will play two preseason games at home, with both contests taking place against the Cincinnati Cyclones. The two sides will first collide on Friday, October 10th at 7:35, before meeting again on Sunday, October 12th at 5:05.

Season ticket holders will have tickets for both preseason games included in their 2014-15 package.

Opening Night for the Wheeling Nailers takes place on Saturday, October 18th at 7:35, when the Reading Royals visit WesBanco Arena.

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The Return Of Danny Carcillo?



The native of king city Ontario and a PensFans4Ever favorite Dan Carcillo has signed A PTO with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Carcillo a fan favorite with the WBS Penguins fans. Had a colorful career with WBS which included some highlight real goals and some highlight reel flights.

Dan was always interesting to watch when he was on the ice never a doll moment.
When Carcillo left the Penguins organization he went on to play for the Coyotes the Flyers the LA kings and the Blackhawks. The New York Rangers was his last stint during the 2013-14 season.

For more on this check the Pittsburgh Penguin web site

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Brendan Rempel Is Number Nine For Wheeling



The Wheeling Nailers are excited to announce their ninth player signing of the 2014 offseason. Wheeling has signed defenseman Brendan Rempel to an ECHL contract.

Rempel, 23, is the first new signing of the summer for the Nailers, after he spent the 2013-14 season with the Evansville IceMen, South Carolina Stingrays, and Las Vegas Wranglers. Brendan appeared in 47 total games with the three clubs, picking up one assist and 39 penalty minutes, while specializing as a defensive defenseman. The Willington, CT native also got experience at the ECHL level during the 2012-13 campaign, as he registered two assists in five games with the Trenton Titans, including one in his lone contest at WesBanco Arena on March 30th.

“Brendan Rempel is a smart and solid defenseman, who brings a good hockey IQ to our team,” said Nailers Head Coach Clark Donatelli. “I met Brendan this summer, and while I watched him, I noticed that he is a good decision maker, and one of his strengths is that he excels at making a strong first pass, when coming out of the defensive zone,” he said.

Prior to turning pro, Rempel attended Harvard University for four years, where he majored in Economics. On the ice with the Crimson, Brendan suited up in 81 games, accumulating one goal, ten assists, 11 points, and 69 penalty minutes. His lone goal was the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over Brown University on November 2, 2012. The blueliner also represented Team USA in 2008-09 with the Under-18 Team, playing with the likes of Cam Fowler and Philip Samuelsson, along with a myriad of other players who have reached the National Hockey League.

“I spoke with some current and former players with the Nailers, and they told me that everyone gets along really well, and that there is great support from the surrounding community,” Rempel said. “I am coming off of my first professional season, and I am happy with the habits I formed as a defensive defenseman. Now, it is time for me to come to Wheeling, and develop my role as a simple, physical presence for the Nailers,” he said.

Brendan Rempel and the Wheeling Nailers drop the puck on the 2014-15 regular season against the Reading Royals on Saturday, October 18th at 7:35.

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Nailers Sign Jarrett Burton



The Wheeling Nailers announced the signing of their eighth player signing of the 2014 offseason. Wheeling has signed forward Jarrett Burton to an ECHL contract.

Burton, 23, joined the Nailers at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, following a four-year collegiate career at Clarkson University. Jarrett made his professional debut in Wheeling’s 5-1 win over Elmira on March 30th, while also appearing in the club’s 3-0 triumph over Toledo on April 2nd. He recorded one shot on goal during each tilt, while posting an even rating.

“Jarrett Burton is a player who joined our team at the end of last season, and although he saw limited game action, he showed good practice habits, worked hard, and proved to be very coachable,” said Nailers Head Coach Clark Donatelli. “Jarrett is a good center, who takes care of his own end, and will ultimately create offensive chances by playing solid defense,” he said.

During his time with the Golden Knights, Burton put up strong numbers both on the ice and in the classroom, as he was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team as a sophomore, junior, and senior. After collecting a total of 14 points in his first 64 games at Clarkson, Jarrett’s productivity reached new heights during his junior season. In 2012-13, the Echo Bay, ON native compiled 12 goals and 20 points in 35 games, before tacking on 11 goals and 20 points in 42 games as a senior in 2013-14. Burton’s junior season efforts led him to the team’s Richmond Unsung Hero Award, while his senior season performance helped earn him the Fran Neragin Award, presented to the player who displays unselfish play and sportsmanship both on and off of the ice.

“Wheeling is a first class organization, and it was good for me to get that taste at the end of last season, making it very attractive for me to come back,” Burton said. “The coaching staff was very helpful in pinpointing the parts of my game that needed work, while the team made me feel at home. I view myself as a two-way center, who focuses on face-offs and defensive aspects of the game, while contributing offensively when I can,” he said.

Jarrett Burton and the Wheeling Nailers will begin the 2014-15 regular season on Saturday, October 18th at 7:35, when the Reading Royals visit WesBanco Arena.

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