The 22nd season of professional hockey opens in Wheeling on Friday night at the Wheeling Nailers host the Elmira Jackals.
Face-off is set for 7 p.m.
The Nailers will go with rookie goaltender Mike Condon, who is under NHL contract with the Montreal Canadiens, in net against the Jackals.
Head coach Clark Donatelli begins his third season on the bench, and will be joined by first-year assistant coach Doug Bradley.
Final cuts have to be made by Wednesday, and a roster must be turned into the ECHL.
Following Friday's game, the Nailers will play in Cincinnati on Saturday night.