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Nailers Agree to Stay With Pens


The Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) have reportedly renewed their affiliation agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2013-14 season – according to the Pens’ website.

Entering their 14th season as the affiliates to both the Pens and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pens, the Nailers will start its 15th consecutive campaign with Pittsburgh alone.

Nailers Governor Don Bigby had this to say following the renewal – per the Pens’ site:

“We are excited to continue our relationship with the Penguins and their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  We look forward to continuing to develop their young talent here in Wheeling.”

During their first four years with Pittsburgh, the team used to be called the Wheeling Thunderbirds — it wasn’t until the summer of 1996 where they would officially become the Nailers.

The organization has seen ten of their former players skate for the Penguins.  One being Tomas Vokoun — who led Pittsburgh to the Eastern Conference Finals this past season.

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