It may feel like fall outside, but next week at this time a winter classic will get underway for another season of Wheeling Nailers hockey.
This year, fans can expect more than just a hard-hitting team.
On Wednesday, Oct. 8 the future of the Wheeling Nailers became more clear, as officials with the team signed a new, three-year deal with the city’s Regional Economic Development group.
Fourth-year head coach Clark Donatelli said the team is excited to get back on the ice. “We’ve got a real good group of guys and we’ll be ready to play when this season gets started,” Donatelli said.
The upcoming season will be the team’s 23rd in Wheeling, and the Nailers are the longest-running franchise in ECHL history. Fans can expect to see big upgrades to the downtown arena know simply as “The Bank.”
“We’re going to have a new four-sided scoreboard with trim,” said Wheeling City Manager Bob Herron. “We’re working on getting all-new seats, and fans can expect to see a whole new entrance. We’re trying to make this arena as up-to-date as possible, and we’re happy with what we’ve come up with so far.”
The Wheeling Nailers’ season officially starts Saturday, Oct. 18.