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The Hockey Club of the Ohio Valley Extends Through 2017-18; Donatelli Signs Through 2016-17

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, hosted the 2014 State of the Team Event at Generations Restaurant & Pub on Wednesday night.

Wheeling Nailers Governor Don Rigby was the first to speak, and he had breaking news to share. First, The Hockey Club of the Ohio Valley, LLC (the Wheeling Nailers) 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 then stayed around to make a second announcement. Wheeling Nailers 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), trailing Doug Sauter, whose Wheeling Thunderbirds recorded 124 victories. Clark will tie Sauter for the most games coached in team history (200) on Opening Night.

Between the speeches by Rigby and Donatelli, fans and media in attendance heard from Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron, who discussed the new improvements set to happen at WesBanco Arena. Over the course of the next 18 months, the 37-year old facility will see changes to the entrance, seats, and scoreboard.

Finally, Pittsburgh Penguins Associate General Manager Jason Botterill gave an update on the organization. 2014-15 marks the 15th consecutive season that the Nailers and Penguins have been affiliated, which has led to 13 former Nailers making their NHL debuts with Pittsburgh. Last year, the trio of Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Wheeling was the lone organization in which all three teams (NHL, AHL, ECHL) reached the second round of the playoffs.

The Wheeling Nailers begin their ECHL record 23rd season on Saturday, October 18th at 7:35 against the Reading Royals at WesBanco Arena. Season tickets are available, starting as low as $10 for adults and $8 for kids. For tickets and more information, call (304) 234-GOAL.