With the Pittsburgh Penguins ready to kick off their 2014-15 season, Wednesday turned out to be a good day for one of its affiliates.
Wheeling Nailers Governor Don Rigby announced that the team has agreed to a three-year extension with WesBanco Arena and the City of Wheeling. The deal guarantees that the Nailers will stay in Wheeling through the 2017-18 season.
Rigby also announced at the Nailers 2014 State of the Team Event, that head coach Clark Donatelli has received a three-year extension on his contract, which will carry him through the 2016-17 season. Donatelli currently ranks second in team history in wins as a head coach (96) and will tie former Wheeling Thunderbirds head coach Doug Sauter for most games coached (200), on opening night.
As for the Nailers staying in Wheeling, its great news for fans of the team as it was also announced that improvements will be made to WesBanco Arena. Over the course of the next 18 months, the 37-year old arena will see changes to the entrance, seats, and scoreboard.
The Nailers begin their ECHL record 23rd season on Saturday, October 18 at home against the Reading Royals.
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