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Pittsburgh Penguins, Wheeling Nailers Extend Affiliation Agreement

For the second consecutive year, the Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to a new extension with their East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) affiliates, the Wheeling Nailers.

According to the Nailers’ Twitter handle and website, the two parties have come to terms on a fresh extension, making it their 16th season together.

This will be the 15th season that both Pittsburgh and the Pens’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliates, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, have been affiliated with Wheeling together.

Here’s what Nailers’ Governor, Don Rigby, had to say about the new deal, per Nailers’ website:

“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with the Penguins and their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 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.”

Pens’ associate general manager, Jason Botterill, also commented, per Nailers’ website:

“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.”

The Nailers open their 2014-15 campaign on Oct. 18.

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