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TEAM NEWS 2024-25
Nailers Announce Season-Ending Roster
Wheeling Lists 18 Players; Teams May Begin Signing Players for 2024-25

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their Season-Ending Roster for the Summer of 2024. The roster consists of 18 players.

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players, and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2023-24. From this list, teams are entitled to reserve rights to the maximum of eight players, by extending a qualifying offer to them by July 7th. No more than four of the eight can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games), players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded, and if a player signs a contract prior to July 7th, that team does not have to extend a qualifying offer to said player. If a player does receive a qualifying offer, that offer remains open for acceptance until July 22nd.

Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season. A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until July 22nd. After July 22nd, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer. If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by August 8th, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

The Wheeling Nailers Season-Ending Roster consists of the following players:
D Davis Bunz
G Jaxon Castor
F Cédric Desruisseaux
D David Drake
F David Jankowski
F Cal Kiefiuk
F Matt Koopman
F Tanner Laderoute
F Peter Laviolette III
F Dustin Manz
F Jordan Martel
F Anthony Petruzzelli
F Matthew Quercia
F Mikael Robidoux
D Louie Roehl
D Aidan Sutter
D Tanner Vescio
F Jared Westcott

Nailers Announce Details of Future Considerations Trades
Wheeling Receives the Rights to Robidoux & Vescio, While Trading Rights to Paré & de Mey
Futures Trades Completed

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced the details of their four future considerations trades.

The Nailers have acquired the rights to forward Mikael Robidoux from the Orlando Solar Bears, which completes the trade that sent defenseman Avery Winslow to Orlando. Robidoux, 25, has played in three full ECHL seasons and four total, as he has suited up with Maine, Kansas City, and Allen. Mikael has spent his last two seasons with the Americans, and has filled up every column of the stat sheet. The native of La Prairie, Québec native has tallied 16 goals, 18 assists, and 34 points in 136 career games, but the number that jumps off of the page is his 704 career penalty minutes. Robidoux's best offensive season came in 2022-23 with Allen, when he finished with nine goals and 16 points. His highest penalty minute total was 258 with the Mavericks in 2021-22.

The Nailers have acquired the rights to defenseman Tanner Vescio from the Savannah Ghost Pirates, which completes the trade that sent defenseman Brandon Hickey's rights to Savannah. Vescio, 26, is coming off of his rookie season, which saw him produce three goals, three assists, and six points in 38 games with the Ghost Pirates. Prior to turning pro, the native of Blaine, Minnesota played four seasons of college hockey at Northern Michigan University, where he recorded five goals, eight assists, and 13 points in 88 contests.

The Nailers have traded the rights to forward Félix Paré to the Maine Mariners, which completes the trade that sent forward William Provost to Wheeling. Paré, 24, played parts of three seasons with the Nailers, before joining the EIHL's Nottingham Panthers this past January. Félix accumulated 12 goals, 23 assists, and 35 points in 120 career games in a Wheeling uniform. The native of Levis, Québec enjoyed his highest point total with 15 in 2022-23, while his highest goal total was seven in 2021-22.

The Nailers have traded the rights to forward Vincent de Mey to the Idaho Steelheads, which completes the trade that sent defenseman Colin Van Den Hurk to Wheeling. de Mey, 26, did not appear in a game with the Nailers, and has one assist in 25 career ECHL games with Kansas City, Fort Wayne, and Idaho. Prior to turning pro, the native of Los Angeles, California played five seasons of college hockey at Northern Michigan University, where he compiled 40 goals, 31 assists, and 71 points in 162 games.

The next key offseason date is June 22nd, when teams submit their Season Ending Rosters. Teams may begin signing players on June 23rd for the 2024-25 season.

Nailers Announce 2024 Protected List
Wheeling's List Consists of 22 Players

WHEELING, WV- WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their 2024 Protected List.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed an SPC in 2023-24 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR
2. Signed an SPC in 2023-24, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR
3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR
4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR
5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2023-24 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR
6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.

The Wheeling Nailers Protected List consists of the following 22 players:
D Davis Bunz
G Jaxon Castor
F Vincent De May
F Cédric Desruisseaux
D David Drake
F David Jankowski
F Cal Kiefiuk
F Matt Koopman
F Tanner Laderoute
F Peter Laviolette III
F Dustin Manz
F Jordan Martel
D Chris McKay
F Cédric Paré
F Félix Paré
F Anthony Petruzzelli
F Matthew Quercia
D Louie Roehl
D Adam Smith
D Aidan Sutter
F Jared Westcott
D Jordan Wishman

This is the first key date for ECHL teams in the 2024 offseason. The next two key dates are June 20th, when all future considerations trades must be completed, then June 22nd, when Season Ending Rosters are due.

Nailers Announce 2024-25 Schedule
Wheeling Shifts to North Division & Will Face 17 Different Opponents

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their schedule for the 2024-25 season - the 33rd season of professional hockey in Wheeling.

Throughout the years, the Nailers have prided themselves on having a schedule that caters to families, and that will once again be the case in 2024-25, as 34 of the 36 home games will be played on weekends or holidays. The only two outliers are Education Day games, which will take place in November and March, with the puck hitting the ice at 10:45 a.m. Home game times will remain the same as they have been in previous seasons, as Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday games will begin at 7:10, Sunday games will begin at 4:10, and New Year's Eve will begin at 6:10.

One of the biggest adjustments for the coming season will be a change in divisions, as Wheeling has been shifted to the North Division, where it will join Adirondack, Maine, Norfolk, Reading, Trois-Rivières, and Worcester. While the Nailers will play 31 of their 72 games against that division, they will also maintain their geographic rivalries from the Central Division, as that group of teams makes up 33 of the 72 games on the docket. The remaining eight contests will feature a mix of the South and Mountain Divisions. The most frequent opponents are Reading (11) and Cincinnati (9), while Bloomington and Trois-Rivières will be first-time match-ups.

The first five games will be played on enemy ice, as Wheeling will serve as the opposition for three teams' home openers. The season begins in Portland, Maine with a two-game series against the Mariners on October 18th and 19th. The following weekend will be significantly closer to home, as the Nailers will battle Reading on October 26th and 27th. The final tilt in that stretch will be November 1st in Toledo.

For the second straight season, the home slate will begin in November, and fans will get an early look at one of the league's expansion clubs, as the Bloomington Bison will come to town for the home opener on the 2nd. The following weekend will feature the first ever trip to the Friendly City for the Trois-Rivières Lions on the 8th and 9th. Fort Wayne will be the first Education Day opponent on the 12th, before the Indy Fuel make their lone visit to Wheeling for a couple of playoff rematches on the 15th and 16th. Toledo is the Thanksgiving Eve opponent for the second year in a row on the 27th, which leads into a home-and-home series against Cincinnati to close out the month. The Black Friday road game in Cincinnati will be a 1:35 start time.

December has an even split of six home games and six road games. Kalamazoo makes its lone trip to WesBanco Arena on the 6th, before Reading's first of seven visits on the 8th. If anyone has hockey on their list for the holidays, the Nailers have the perfect gift in mind, as they will play seven games in 12 days from the 20th-31st. Four of those take place on home ice, starting with the first of a home-and-home set against Toledo on the 20th. Next up on the home docket will be the only two clashes with the Iowa Heartlanders on the 28th and 29th. 2024 concludes with the annual New Year's Eve game, which will feature Reading as the opposition for the fifth time.

With the exception of one contest at the end, the entire month of January will be played in series. The month begins with the only two meetings between Wheeling and the Norfolk Admirals on the 3rd and 4th at Norfolk Scope Arena. The following week, on the 8th and 10th, the Nailers will play a familiar foe in the Indy Fuel, but will do so in a new venue, as Fishers Event Center is set to open in December. The team will then sprint back home to Wheeling, where the Worcester Railers will be waiting for them on the 11th and 12th. That will turn into a four-game home-and-home series between the Nailers and Railers, who will play the other two matches in Massachusetts on the 18th and 19th. The home portion of the month concludes with the second ever visit from the Western Conference Champion Kansas City Mavericks on the 24th, 25th, and 26th.

January ends and February begins with a good old fashioned 3-in-3 in three different cities, as Wheeling will bounce from Cincinnati to Fort Wayne, and then on to Toledo. A quick trip over to Indy the following week leads into a home clash with Reading on the 8th. The Nailers will then get to enjoy some southern hospitality, as they will visit the South Carolina Stingrays on the 15th and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on the 16th and 17th. When the squad returns, it will be greeted by Tulsa on the 21st and 22nd, as the Oilers visit Nail City for the second straight season. That weekend concludes with a Sunday showdown against Reading on the 23rd.

One of the longest homestands of the season closes out February and kicks off March, as Wheeling will play three more home games on the 28th, 1st, and 2nd. Adirondack starts things off on Friday and Saturday, then Maine puts the bow on the weekend on Sunday. More Thunder will be in the forecast the next week, as the Nailers will face Adirondack for three on the road on the 7th, 8th, and 9th. The second Education Day game of the season will also be a lesson in French, as Trois-Rivières returns on the 12th. There will be three more home games that weekend - two with Fort Wayne on the 14th and 15th, then one against Cincinnati on the 16th. A three-game journey to Toledo and Indy leads into the final homestand of the regular season, which will be another six-game stretch spanned over two weekends. Cincinnati (28th & 29th) and Bloomington (30th) will be the visitors for the first weekend, then Reading is in the house for the back half on April 4th, 5th, and 6th. The last series of the regular season will take Wheeling out of the country, as the Nailers will visit the province of Québec for the first time to face the Lions on April 11th, 12th, and 13th.

2024-25 Opponent Breakdown
11 vs. Reading - 7 home, 4 away
9 vs. Cincinnati - 4 home, 5 away
7 vs. Toledo - 2 home, 5 away
6 vs. Indy - 2 home, 4 away
6 vs. Trois-Rivières - 3 home, 3 away
5 vs. Adirondack - 2 home, 3 away
5 vs. Fort Wayne - 3 home, 2 away
4 vs. Worcester - 2 home, 2 away
3 vs. Kansas City - 3 home
3 vs. Maine - 1 home, 2 away
2 vs. Bloomington - 2 home
2 vs. Greenville - 2 away
2 vs. Iowa - 2 home
2 vs. Kalamazoo - 1 home, 1 away
2 vs. Norfolk - 2 away
2 vs. Tulsa - 2 home
1 vs. South Carolina - 1 away

2024-25 Schedule
Fri. Oct. 18 at Maine, 7:15
Sat. Oct. 19 at Maine, 6:00
Sat. Oct. 26 at Reading, 7:00
Sun. Oct. 27 at Reading, 3:00
Fri. Nov. 1 at Toledo, 7:15
Sat. Nov. 2 vs. Bloomington, 7:10
Wed. Nov. 6 at Cincinnati, 7:35
Fri. Nov. 8 vs. Trois-Rivières, 7:10
Sat. Nov. 9 vs. Trois-Rivières, 7:10
Tue. Nov. 12 vs. Fort Wayne, 10:45 a.m.
Fri. Nov. 15 vs. Indy, 7:10
Sat. Nov. 16 vs. Indy, 7:10
Sat. Nov. 23 at Fort Wayne, 7:35
Wed. Nov. 27 vs. Toledo, 7:10
Fri. Nov. 29 at Cincinnati, 1:35
Sat. Nov. 30 vs. Cincinnati, 7:10
Fri. Dec. 6 vs. Kalamazoo, 7:10
Sat. Dec. 7 at Cincinnati, 7:35
Sun. Dec. 8 vs. Reading, 4:10
Fri. Dec. 13 at Reading, 7:00
Sat. Dec. 14 at Reading, 7:00
Fri. Dec. 20 vs. Toledo, 7:10
Sat. Dec. 21 at Toledo, 7:15
Sun. Dec. 22 at Kalamazoo, 3:00
Fri. Dec. 27 at Cincinnati, 7:35
Sat. Dec. 28 vs. Iowa, 7:10
Sun. Dec. 29 vs. Iowa, 4:10
Tue. Dec. 31 vs. Reading, 6:10
Fri. Jan. 3 at Norfolk, 7:05
Sat. Jan. 4 at Norfolk, 7:05
Wed. Jan. 8 at Indy, 7:00
Fri. Jan. 10 at Indy, 7:00
Sat. Jan. 11 vs. Worcester, 7:10
Sun. Jan. 12 vs. Worcester, 4:10
Sat. Jan. 18 at Worcester, 6:05
Sun. Jan. 19 at Worcester, 3:05
Fri. Jan. 24 vs. Kansas City, 7:10
Sat. Jan. 25 vs. Kansas City, 7:10
Sun. Jan. 26 vs. Kansas City, 4:10
Fri. Jan. 31 at Cincinnati, 7:35
Sat. Feb. 1 at Fort Wayne, 7:35
Sun. Feb. 2 at Toledo, 5:15
Fri. Feb. 7 at Indy, 7:00
Sat. Feb. 8 vs. Reading, 7:10
Sat. Feb. 15 at South Carolina, 6:05
Sun. Feb. 16 at Greenville, 3:05
Mon. Feb. 17 at Greenville, TBD
Fri. Feb. 21 vs. Tulsa, 7:10
Sat. Feb. 22 vs. Tulsa, 7:10
Sun. Feb. 23 vs. Reading, 4:10
Fri. Feb. 28 vs. Adirondack, 7:10
Sat. Mar. 1 vs. Adirondack, 7:10
Sun. Mar. 2 vs. Maine, 4:10
Fri. Mar. 7 at Adirondack, 7:00
Sat. Mar. 8 at Adirondack, 7:00
Sun. Mar. 9 at Adirondack, 3:00
Wed. Mar. 12 vs. Trois-Rivières, 10:45 a.m.
Fri. Mar. 14 vs. Fort Wayne, 7:10
Sat. Mar. 15 vs. Fort Wayne, 7:10
Sun. Mar. 16 vs. Cincinnati, 4:10
Fri. Mar. 21 at Toledo, 7:15
Sat. Mar. 22 at Toledo, 7:15
Sun. Mar. 23 at Indy, 4:00
Fri. Mar. 28 vs. Cincinnati, 7:10
Sat. Mar. 29 vs. Cincinnati, 7:10
Sun. Mar. 30 vs. Bloomington, 4:10
Fri. Apr. 4 vs. Reading, 7:10
Sat. Apr. 5 vs. Reading, 7:10
Sun. Apr. 6 vs. Reading, 4:10
Fri. Apr. 11 at Trois-Rivières, 7:00
Sat. Apr. 12 at Trois-Rivières, 7:00
Sun. Apr. 13 at Trois-Rivières, 3:00

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