The Wheeling Nailers Announce 2013-14 Promotional Schedule



The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, announce today their promotional schedule for the 2013-14 season. This season, the schedule will include 19 giveaway nights and 3 celebrity appearances. In addition, the Nailers traditional daily promotions such as Frosty Friday’s and Sunday Skate with the Team will return.

“This season we have built a promotional schedule that we believe will attract not only hockey fans but non-hockey as well” said Nailers Vice President Craig Bommer. “We have considered everyone in the planning and are really excited to offer these promotions to our fans.”

This season the Nailers will have 5 daily promotions that fans can enjoy while attending home games at WesBanco Arena. Every Friday night, WesBanco Arena and the Nailers will once again offer fans “Frosty Fridays,” with special drink considerations throughout the game. Starting in December, “Frosty Fridays” will also include a free player poster giveaway to the first 2,500 fans courtesy of OVMC & Scott Cosmetology. On Saturday nights the Nailers will feature post-game autograph sessions with multiple players in the club, which will be open to the general public. Sundays will be McDonald’s Family Fundays, which will feature the popular “Skate with the Team” promotion. Wednesday night games will be getting a different spin, as they will be “WesBanco Winning Wednesdays.” If the Nailers win on a WesBanco Winning Wednesday, fans will be able to redeem their ticket from that game, and attend a predetermined Sunday game during the 2013-14 season. And finally every weekday (Monday – Thursday) and Sunday afternoon Nailers home games, any kid 14 and under can purchase a $5 game ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket courtesy of your local McDonald’s.

On October 5th and 9th, the Nailers will host their 2013 preseason schedule at WesBanco Arena with Hockey Fights Hunger nights. Fans can help the Nailers and the Wheeling Soup Kitchen by donating two cans of non-perishable food to receive a free ticket to the preseason game of their choice.

On October 18th the Nailers will kick off the regular season against the Elmira Jackals at WesBanco Arena, with a free magnet schedule giveaway to the first 5,000 fans in attendance.

Two weeks later the Nailers return home on November 1st, to battle the Elmira Jackals once again. The first 2,500 fans will receive a Nailers calendar. On Saturday November 2nd, the first McDonald’s FANtastic Night will feature a Bobble Head t-shirt giveaway to the first 2,500 fans. One Saturday later, on November 9th, fans will get to leave with memorabilia in hand once again, as team posters will be given away to the first 2,500 fans. On November 14th, Report Card Night, will reward those students that can show an “A” on their first grading period report card. Kids can bring their report card to the WesBanco Arena Box Office the night of the game and will receive one (1) FREE ticket with any adult purchase.

The Star Wars characters will make their return to WesBanco Arena on November 16th with the first 1,000 kids 14 and under receiving a free light saber courtesy of Success Promotions. The November portion of the schedule ends on the 30th, with Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by WTOV, featuring Pink in the Rink (special pink jersey), Ladies Night, and the annual Teddy Bear Toss.

December’s promotional schedule begins with the first of two Pups & Pucks games on Sunday December 1st with proceeds from dog tickets going to help support the Wheeling Dog Park. December 7th will be the second McDonald’s FANtastic Night, which will feature an appearance by WWE Hall of Fame member Sgt. Slaughter on Boy Scout Night, courtesy of WOVK. Sing for Santa will take place on December 14th, before a pair of giveaways close out the month. On December 21st, the first 2,500 fans will receive a Nailers NHL alumni Bobble Head courtesy of Main Street Bank featuring former Wheeling Thunderbird and current Pittsburgh Penguin, Tomas Vokoun. Then, on December 31st, the Nailers will literally “ring in” the New Year, with a cowbell giveaway to the first 2,500 fans courtesy of OVMC and EORH.

Moving ahead, January kicks off the 2014 calendar year with Pack the House Night, as well as a team poster giveaway to the first 2,500 fans on Friday January 3rd. Saturday the 11th will be January’s McDonald’s FANtastic Night, which will feature a kids backpack giveaway to the first 1,000 kids 14 and under and Girl Scouts Night. January comes to an end with a Super Bowl Tailgate party featuring the return of a popular community promotion, WingFest, which, this season, will also include a Team’s Choice Award.

With only four home games in February, there is little waiting around, as McDonald’s FANtastic Night number four comes fast and furious on the 1st, when the Nailers host Mountain Man, from A&E’s #1 rated television show, “Duck Dynasty” courtesy of WOVK and Ruttenbucks Restaurant. For the first time since 1997, the Nailers will play a home game on Valentine’s Day, and the team will be taking full advantage of that opportunity by offering a special evening out for the couples in attendance. The following day, the Nailers will celebrate the Olympics and USA Hockey, with a special Bobble Head giveaway on February 15th to the first 2,500 fans.

March also begins with a McDonald’s FANtastic Night, as WWE Hall of Fame member Jerry “The King” Lawler will be at WesBanco Arena on the 1st, courtesy of WOVK. March 14th and 15th will make up OVMC/CORE Weekend presented by WTOV, in which the Nailers will be helping a terrific cause, while also wearing special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys. In addition, the 15th will include a youth street hockey stick giveaway to the first 1,000 kids 14 and under courtesy of Main Street Bank. Pups & Pucks wraps up March on the 30th, leading into a three-game April.

On April 4th the first 2,500 fans through the doors will receive a set of team trading cards. Following the game the full team will sign autographs for the fans. On April 5th the Nailers NHL alumni Bobble Head series continues with Paul “BizNasty” Bissonnette. The first 2,500 fans will receive a free Bobble Head courtesy of Main Street Bank. In addition to the Bobble Head, the regular season home finale will also be Fan appreciation night with prizes awarded throughout the night.

The Wheeling Nailers will drop the puck on the 2013-14 regular season on Friday, October 18th at 7:00 pm against the Elmira Jackals.Ticket packages are now on sale, including the McDonald’s FANtastic night packages starting at $135. For more information or to purchase your tickets to this year’s excitement, call 304-234-GOAL (4625) or online at shop.wheelingnailers.com.

2013-14 Wheeling Nailers Promotional Schedule

Sat 5-Oct
Hockey Fights Hunger (Preseason)

Wed 9-Oct
Hockey Fights Hunger (Preseason)

Fri 18-Oct
Opening Night Presented BY US Army / Magnet Schedule Giveaway^/ Frosty Friday

Fri 1-Nov
Calendar Giveaway* / Frosty Friday

Sat 2-Nov
FANtastic Night / Bobble Head T-Shirt*

Sat 9-Nov
Team Poster*

Thur 14-Nov
Report Card Night / McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets

Sat 16-Nov
Star Wars Night / Light Saber Giveaway**

Sat 30-Nov
Hockey Fights Cancer – Pink In the Rink / Ladies Night / Teddy Bear Toss

Sun 1-Dec
Family Funday / McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets / Skate with the Team

Fri 6-Dec
Frosty Friday / Player Poster*

Sat 7-Dec
FANtastic Night / WWE Sgt. Slaughter / Boy Scouts Night

Thur 12-Dec
McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets

Sat 14-Dec
Sing For Santa / Season Ticket Redemption Night #1

Sun 15-Dec
Family Funday / McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets / Skate with the Team

Fri 20-Dec
Frosty Friday / Player Poster*

Sat 21-Dec
NHL Alumni Night Tomas Vokoun Bobble Head Giveaway*

Tues 31-Dec
New Year’s Eve / McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets / Cow Bell Giveaway*

Fri 3-Jan
Pack The House / Frosty Friday / Player Poster*

Thur 9-Jan
McDonald’s McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets

Sat 11-Jan
FANtastic Night / Girl Scout Night / Kids Back Pack**

Sun 26-Jan
Family Funday / McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets / Skate with the team

Wed 29-Jan
WesBanco Winning Wednesday / McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets

Fri 31-Jan
Super Bowl Tailgate / WingFest / Frosty Friday / Player Poster*

Sat 1-Feb
FANtastic Night / Duck Dynasty Night Featuring Mountain Man

Wed 12-Feb
WesBanco Winning Wednesday / McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets

Fri 14-Feb
Valentine’s Day / Frosty Friday / Player Poster*

Sat 15-Feb
Boy Scouts Overnight / USA Hockey Bobble Head Giveaway*

Sat 1-Mar
FANtastic Night / WWE Jerry “The King” Lawler

Sun 2-Mar
Family Funday / McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets / Skate with the Team

Wed 12-Mar
WesBanco Winning Wednesday / McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets

Fri 14-Mar
Frosty Friday / CORE Weekend / St. Patrick’s Day Jersey/ Player Poster*

Sat 15-Mar
CORE Weekend / St. Patrick’s Day Jersey / Youth Street Hockey Stick**

Fri 28-Mar
Frosty Friday / Player Poster* / Season Ticket Redemption Night #2

Sun 30-Mar
Family Funday / McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets / Skate with the Team

Wed 2-Apr
WesBanco Winning Wednesday / McDonald’s $5 Kids Tickets

Fri 4-Apr
Frosty Friday / Trading Cards Giveaway*

Sat 5-Apr
FANtastic Night / Paul “BizNasty” Bissonnette Bobble Head Giveaway* / Fan Appreciation

^ – First 5,000 Fans
* – First 2,500 Fans
** – First 1,000 Kids 14 & Under
Schedule, Opponents, and Promotions are scheduled to change without notice. Please check wheelingnailers.com for updates.

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