Pat Damp & Rebecca Lewis Join Nailers Front Office

The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are pleased to announce the addition of two new members to their front office staff. Pat Damp and Rebecca Lewis have both joined the organization as Account Executives, after previously working with the team as interns.

Damp, 24, interned with the Nailers during the 2014-15 season, handling social media on game days, while creating fun and exciting content for fans to enjoy. The internship helped Pat complete his college career, as he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While attending school, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native also played for the hockey team, serving as an assistant captain during both his junior and senior seasons.

Lewis, 24, interned with the Nailers during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, assisting in multiple different areas of the organization, including fan relations, creative design, and ticket sales. Rebecca is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, while majoring in Sport Management, and minoring in Marketing. While attending school, the St. Clairsville, Ohio native also worked in BGSU’s ticket office, selling tickets and working the various sporting events and concerts held on campus.

Damp and Lewis will work under the leadership of Director of Ticket Sales Christina Monterosso, while working alongside fellow Account Executive Chris Hudgins, who was promoted from Ticket Intern to Account Executive in January. Craig Bommer continues to oversee the front office as its Vice President, with DJ Abisalih as the Radio Broadcaster, Michael Leopardo as the Video Specialist, and Linda Timberlake as the Team Accountant.

The Wheeling Nailers will start the 2015-16 season with a two-game road series against the Norfolk Admirals on October 16th and 17th, before playing their home opener on October 24th against the Brampton Beast at 7:35.

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Penguins Agree to Terms with Adam Krause and Ty Loney

Sorry for the late entry but The off-season brings vacations and whatnot so , The WBS Penguins announced yesterday that they have signed forwards Adam Krause and Ty Loney to American Hockey League contracts for the 2015-16 season. 


Loney comes to the Penguins organization after four seasons at the University of Denver. As a senior last season, Loney reached double digits in goal scoring for the third time in four years, tallying 10 goals in 35 games, while also contributing six assists.  


Following the 2014-15 season with the Pioneers, the native of Valencia, Pa., joined the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) and recorded a goal and two assists in his professional debut on April 7 at Binghamton. Loney finished with four points (2G-2A) in five appearances for the Admirals.


Over four seasons at the University of Denver, Loney totaled 39 goals, 50 assists and 128 penalty minutes in 152 games. He helped lead the Pioneers to two consecutive National Collegiate Hockey Conference championships (2014, 2015) and four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. 


The 23-year-old is the son of long-time NHLer Troy Loney, who played in 532 games and won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Krause posted seven goals, 10 assists and 36 penalty minutes over 31 contests in 2014-15 during his senior season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Originally from Hermantown, Minn., Krause was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs, collecting 16 goals, 21 assists and 169 PIM in 133 games. He also served as team captain during both his junior and senior years.


Krause, 23, signed with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) on April 3 after the completion of his senior year. In six games with the Nailers, Krause registered two goals and two assists. He also added four points (1G-3A) in seven postseason matches.

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John Hynes Named Head Coach of New Jersey Devils

John Hynes, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ all-time leader in wins, has moved on to the National Hockey League after being named head coach of the New Jersey Devils today.

“We couldn’t be happier that John Hynes is getting the opportunity to coach in the NHL,” said Pittsburgh Penguins Associate General Manager Jason Botterill.  “His dedication to player development, commitment to winning and passion for the job have been second to none during his time in Wilkes-Barre, and we are sure those traits will follow him to New Jersey.”

Hynes, 40, spent five seasons as head coach for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from 2010-15, compiling a record of 231-126-10-17.  During Hynes’ tenure, the Penguins totaled the most wins in the AHL; led the American Hockey League in defense four times (2010-11, 2012-15) and was the only team reach the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs in each of the last five years.

Hynes enjoyed a remarkable record-setting first season as head coach in 2010-11. Despite playing with a depleted lineup due to call-ups to Pittsburgh, which suffered 350 man-games lost, Hynes coached the Penguins to an impressive 58-21-0-1 record, leading the franchise to its first-ever Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular-season champions. The team also claimed the Frank Mathers Trophy as East Division regular-season champions.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 58 wins are the second most in AHL history and its 28 victories on the road matched the AHL record.  For his efforts, Hynes was named as a co-coach for the Western Conference All-Star Squad at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, PA and won the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL’s Outstanding Coach.

The native of Warwick, R.I. became the Penguins’ all-time wins leader on Dec. 22, 2012, earning his 116th victory versus the Syracuse Crunch and surpassing former record holder Glenn Patrick in only 181 games.  During the same 2012-13 season, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also set a new team record on the penalty kill (87.2%) and its 178 goals allowed tied the franchise mark for the fewest in a season (2005-06).

In the postseason, Hynes made history when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton became the first team in the AHL to come back from an 0-3 deficit in a best-of-seven series, while winning Games Six and Seven on the road when they defeated the Providence Bruins in the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinal.  Hynes further etched his name in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s record books, taking over the top ranking for playoff wins (20) after the Penguins defeated Syracuse in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final on May 25, 2013.

Hynes served as an assistant coach in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2009-10, his first year within the Penguins organization, and was promoted to head coach on July 31, 2010.

Hynes becomes fifth former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach to currently serve as a head coach in the NHL, joining  Dan Bylsma (Buffalo), Todd Richards (Columbus), Michel Therrien (Montreal) and Mike Yeo (Minnesota).

“Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has proven to be a great training ground for future NHL coaches,” said Botterill.  “We expect a great deal of interest in the head coaching vacancy with the Penguins, from both internal and external candidates.”

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Nailers to Host Used Sticks & Memorabilia Sale on June 4th

Event Will be Hosted on WesBanco Arena Patio; Souvenir Store Holding Merchandise Blowout.

The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced the details of a used sticks and memorabilia sale, which will take place at WesBanco Arena on Thursday, June 4th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The used sticks and memorabilia sale will take place on the front patio of WesBanco Arena, where the Nailers will also be hosting a small cookout with hot dogs and soda. Additionally, the souvenir store will be open for one final blowout sale, with special deals available. Finally, ticket staff members will be present, accepting deposits for season tickets.

The highlight of the sale will be the used sticks, starting with over 30 game used sticks from the 2014-15 season. Some of those sticks feature an autograph from the player who used the stick, and some others are signed by the entire team. There will also be dozens of sticks from previous seasons available, including all-time leading goal scorer Darren Schwartz and all-time winningest goaltender Andy Franck, in addition to Arpad Mihaly, Mark Major, Jean-Philippe Soucy, Joel Laing, and a list of other familiar names.

Fans with specific questions about the used sticks and memorabilia sale can contact Equipment Manager Billy Higgins at For all other inquiries, contact the front office at (304) 234-GOAL.

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Matt Rosen Accepts Position with Nashville Predators

After Five Years in Wheeling, Rosen Will Serve as New Fan Development Representative in “Smashville” 

The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, are excited to announce that a member of the front office has graduated from the organization, climbing the ladder to the National Hockey League. Matt Rosen is joining the Nashville Predators as a New Fan Development Representative.

Rosen, 27, came to the Nailers in the summer of 2010, when he began his tenure with the club as an intern. That fall, he was promoted to a full-time position, which ultimately led him to become the team’s Season Ticket Manager, in addition to the Director of Game Operations, as he spent five full seasons in Wheeling. Prior to making the move to the Ohio Valley, Matt, a graduate of Northwood University, got his start in sports with the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit.

“Everyone in the organization is thankful for all of the tireless hours that Matt put in with the Nailers, and are extremely proud of him for making the leap from the Nailers to the National Hockey League,” said Nailers Vice President Craig Bommer. “Whether it’s on or off of the ice, our goal is to produce the very best product we can here in Wheeling, while helping our players and staff members achieve the highest possibilities in the sports industry.”

Matt Rosen will join a fellow Wheeling alum in Nashville, as Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette held that role with the Nailers during the 1997-98 season.

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Penguins End Season With Loss To Monarchs In Game 5

Tonight’s game was a do or die situation for the WBS Penguins looking at an elimination from the post season with a loss, and a game 6 and possibly 7 with a win. Manchester made it look easy with the first two goals of tonight’s game putting the WBS Penguins behind the eight-ball. WBS in a must win game tonight or pack your bags tomorrow were hitting well in the first period getting some good chances even had a waived off goal red said whistle had blown, just couldn’t catch a break.

Matt Murray got the hook after the Manchester second tally and Jeff Zatkoff took the net. WBS still could not break Berube’s line and headed off for the first intermission trailing 2-0.

It would seem that the Penguins were just not going to recover tonight no matter what they did the Monarchs had the answer to it. Berube was stopping g everything the boys would throw at him.

Just as I tweeted “1:21 left in second WBS getting more chances sooner or later they have to go in  #WBSPenguins #Pensfans4Ever #WBSvsMCH” and it happened, Conor Sheary let one fly and in it went cutting the Monarchs lead in half and bringing the house to life.

That’s how the second period ended with WBS gaining momentum and looking at twenty more minutes of regulation to go.

The WBS Penguins would give it all that they had but the3 Manchester Monarch’s would hold on to the lead taking it right to the buzzer. It would be a season ending loss for the Penguins as they watch their quest for the cup slip away once again.

The WBS Penguin fans saluted their team in grand fashion and the boys saluted their fans in grand fashion as we and they have done all season, would it have been good to finally win a cup? Yes not going to say that it wouldn’t be and I am sure that one season we will just not this season. So hats off to the Penguins and to our followers, users, and readers hope you all have a great summer keep in touch and keep coming back to our blog for news and information. Remember as soon as we get it you get it.

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Jordan Weals Hat Trick Helps Monarchs Past Penguins

It was Game four tonight in Wilkes-Barre in the best of seven series between the Manchester Monarchs and the WBS Penguins, WBS trailing 2 games to 1 at this point looking to even the series at two each.

Tonight didn’t start well for the WBS Penguins as the Manchester Monarchs tallied the first goal :42 in. WBS seemed to lose a little on that goal and were trying to play catch up.

WBS seemed to pick up a bit in intensity about half way through the first getting more chances and creating some opportunities but just couldn’t get the bounce they were looking for. The first period would end WBS trailing 1-0 with 40 more minutes of regulation to play.

Second period was not much better for the WBS Penguins as the Monarchs tallied three unanswered goals putting the Penguins down 4 to 0 and giving them a huge hole to climb out of. The Penguins seemed to be getting some chances but nothing going the right way, struggling at times to get out of their own end and passing seemed just off a bit.

Heading for the dressing room after 2 periods of play the WBS Penguins not looking at a good thing falling behind the Monarch 4-0.

The Penguins would make a change in goal for the third period giving Jeff Zatkoff the pipes to guard but Manchester would get yet another goal on the Penguins making it 5-0 as Weal would get his Hat Trick just about putting the nail in the lid for WBS, but the Penguins found some gas left in the tank and buried two goals in a matter of thirty seven seconds to make it a 5-2 game.

WBS would pull Zatkoff with just under seven minutes to play in the third looking for the extra attacker to give them an edge but Manchester would not allow the Penguins to score. Ironically the Monarchs did not score either; maybe WBS should have went the entire game with the extra attacker instead of a goalie. Just joking folks but it was sort of ironic.

Well it’s on to game 5 tomorrow night the WBS Penguins in a must win situation now looking at elimination with a loss, a win would send them back to Manchester for the last 2 games in the series. WBS needs to take all three games to win.

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