The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are excited to announce their second player signing of the 2015 offseason. Wheeling has re-signed forward Cody Wydo to an ECHL contract.
Wydo, 24, joined the Nailers toward the end of the 2014-15 season, and had a professional debut that ranked among the most memorable in recent history. On March 27th
, Cody netted his first pro goal against the Fort Wayne Komets, tying a key divisional game, 1-1 in the third period. A little more than two minutes later, he assisted on Sahir Gill’s eventual winning goal, locking up first star honors in a 2-1 Wheeling victory. The Allen Park, Michigan native went on to appear in nine regular season games and three playoff contests with the Nailers, accumulating six points.
“Cody came in last year and made a good impression on us, making an impact right away,” said Nailers Head Coach Clark Donatelli. “We think he is going to be a great player for us, and we will look for him to provide some offense to our team, after a very successful college career,” he said.
Prior to making the jump to the ECHL, Wydo played four years of college hockey at nearby Robert Morris University, where he majored in both Finance and Accounting. Cody served as the team captain during his senior season, when he was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player. In 151 career games with the Colonials, Wydo frequently appeared on the scoresheet, setting school records with 85 goals (31 as a junior) and 150 points (54 as a junior).
“I believe that Wheeling is the best spot to help me develop my career, as the team has a great group of guys and a great coaching staff,” Wydo said. “Coming in at the end of last season gives me a huge advantage this coming year, because I know the style, and can use it as a guide. We had an unbelievable run, pushing Toledo to seven games, and that makes everyone work that much harder to get another run going,” he said.