WHEELING NAILERS TRYOUT CAMP JULY 21-22


The Toyota SportsPlex is excited to once again announce an open tryout for the Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The tryout is scheduled for Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018, and a minimum of three participants will be invited to attend Wheeling’s 2018-19 training camp.

“Last year, Wheeling ended up offering four players training camp invites from this tryout,” said Jarrod Skalde, Pittsburgh Penguins player development coach. “It’s a great opportunity, and we’re already looking forward to another strong showing from some of these skaters.” Skalde, along with former Nailers assistant coach Jay Spess, will oversee this year’s tryout.

Registration information is available at www.toyotasportsplex.com. The tryout is limited to 75 participants. All interested parties must provide proof of medical insurance and be paid in full prior to participating. The cost to attend the camp is $350.00.

“This was a great event last year, and I’m glad we’re able to host it again,” added Jason Jarecki,  General Manager of the Toyota SportsPlex. “As I’ve said before, this might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these players.”

A full tryout camp itinerary will be provided upon completion of registration. For additional information, please contact Jay Spess via e-mail at jspess@toyotasportsplex.com

JEFF TAYLOR REASSIGNED TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned defenseman Jeff Taylor to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Taylor has skated in 13 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season after joining the team on an amateur tryout agreement late in the 2016-17 campaign. In 19 total AHL games, the 23-year-old defenseman has posted one assist. The first-year pro from Clifton Park, N.Y. has put up 19 points (4G-15A) in 28 games with the Nailers this season.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Tuesday, Mar. 13, when they travel to North Carolina and take on the Charlotte Checkers. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the team’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration as they face-off against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, Mar. 17.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

TAYLOR AND ZINK REASSIGNED TO WHEELING

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned defenseman Jeff Taylor from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers. Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has reassigned defenseman Dylan Zink to Wheeling.

Taylor skated in 13 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season after joining the team on an amateur tryout agreement late in the 2016-17 campaign. In 19 total AHL games, the 23-year-old defenseman has posted one assist. The first-year pro from Clifton Park, N.Y. has put up 19 points (4G-15A) in 28 games with the Nailers this season and had six points in seven contests during the month of February before being reassigned to the Penguins.

Zink, 25, has four goals and 18 assists for 22 points in 44 games in Wheeling this season. He also appeared in seven games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, posting his first AHL point in his first game of the season with an assist on Oct. 13, 2017 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The Penguins’ next game is Tuesday, Mar. 13, when they travel to North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Checkers. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the team’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration as they face-off against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, Mar. 17.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

KEVIN SPINOZZI REASSIGNED TO WHEELING

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have reassigned defenseman Kevin Spinozzi to their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Spinozzi officially joined the Penguins on a professional tryout agreement after he made the team out of training camp. The first-year pro was inked to a standard American Hockey League contract on Dec. 16, 2017, one day after recording his first pro point with an assist at Hartford. Spinozzi has appeared in 16 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, putting up two points (0G-2A) in that time.

Prior to turning pro, the Granby, Québec native played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Sarnia Sting. Last year, Spinozzi set career highs in goals (13) and points (41) while serving as captain of the Sting. He wrapped up his OHL career with 28 goals and 85 assists for 113 points in 275 games played.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Friday, Mar. 9, when they take the bus up I-81 to face-off with the Binghamton Devils. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is tomorrow against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

REID GARDINER REASSIGNED TO WHEELING

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have reassigned forward Reid Gardiner to their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Gardiner leads Wheeling with 26 goals this season, which also ranks second among all ECHL rookies. His 44 points is also good enough to be tied for fourth on the team. Gardiner got off to a torrid start to the season, recording 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points in his first 10 games in the ECHL en route to being named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month for October. The Humboldt, Saskatchewan native then posted 12 goals and three assists for 15 points in 10 games in January to be named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month once again.

The 22-year-old forward has appeared in 10 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2017-18 campaign, putting up one goal and two assists for three points in that time. His first goal of the season came on Friday, Feb. 23 against the Rockford IceHogs.

Gardiner spent the first half of last season with the Penguins before returning to his junior club, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He has nine points (4G-5A) in 33 career AHL games.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Mar. 2, when they trek to the Midwest and face-off against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is also against Grand Rapids on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop for Star Wars Night between the Penguins and Griffins is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling  800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

TIFFELS, WYDO AND JOSEPHS REASSIGNED TO WHEELING

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels to their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has reassigned forwards Cody Wydo and Troy Josephs to Wheeling.

Tiffels, 22, has appeared in 13 games for the Penguins this season, recording two goals and one assist in that time. The Cologne, Germany native and first-year pro posted seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points over the course of the first 27 ECHL games of his career.

Wydo, 26, currently leads the Nailers in points with 50 (22G-28A). His 22 goals are also second-most on the team. This production comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60). The Allen Park, Michigan native has put up one goal and two assists for three points in nine games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

Josephs played in three games for the Penguins this season without a point. The 23-year-old first-year pro appeared in 13 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year on an amateur tryout agreement following a four-year career at Clarkson University. Josephs posted one goal and one assist in those contests with the Penguins. The forward from Whitby, Ontario has nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points in 26 ECHL games with Wheeling.

The Penguins’ next game is today, Sunday, Feb. 25, when they face-off against the Hershey Bears. Today’s game is also a Kids Free Sunday, with all children age 14 and under can enter the contest free of admission with the paid purchase of an adult ticket. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON GETS TAYLOR, ZINK AND SCHULZE FROM WHEELING

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned defenseman Jeff Taylor to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers. Also, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has recalled defenseman Dylan Zink from Wheeling and signed defenseman Kevin Schulze to a professional tryout agreement.

Taylor skated in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season after joining the team on an amateur tryout agreement late in the 2016-17 campaign. In nine total AHL games, the 23-year-old defenseman has posted one assist. The first-year pro from Clifton Park, N.Y. has put up 19 points (4G-15A) in 28 games with the Nailers this season and has six points in seven contests during the month of February.

Zink, 25, has four goals and 18 assists for 22 points in 44 games in Wheeling this season. He also appeared in five games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, posting his first AHL point in his first game of the season with an assist on Oct. 13, 2017 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Schulze leads all Nailers defensemen in all major offensive categories, recording eight goals, 20 assists and 28 points in 40 games this season. This comes one year after tying for Wheeling’s team lead in points last year as a rookie with 60 (13G-47A). The White Bear Lake, Minnesota native played one game for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, making his AHL debut on Apr. 15, 2017 in the Penguins’ Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy-clinching victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Saturday, Feb. 17, and they’ll take on the Utica Comets at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time this season. Saturday’s contest is also Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s annual Military Appreciation Night presented by MetLife. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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TIFFELS AND WYDO JOIN WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has recalled forward Cody Wydo from Wheeling.

Tiffels, 22, has appeared in 11 games for the Penguins this season, recording one goal and one assist in that time. Tiffels recently had a five-game point streak to start the month of February with the Nailers. The Cologne, Germany native and first-year pro posted seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points over the course of the first 27 ECHL games of his career.

Wydo, 26, currently leads the Nailers in points with 50 (22G-28A). His 22 goals are also second-most on the team. This production comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60).

The Allen Park, Michigan native has been one of Wheeling’s premier forwards over the past two months, recording at least one point in a career-best 12-straight games (8G-9A).

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Feb. 16 when they travel to upstate New York for a tilt with the Rochester Americans. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 17, and they’ll take on the Utica Comets for the first time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

GARDINER AND JOSEPHS RECALLED FROM WHEELING

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have recalled forwards Reid Gardiner and Troy Josephs from their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Gardiner leads Wheeling with 26 goals this season and is tied for the team lead in points (44). His 26 tallies are also most among all ECHL rookies. Gardiner got off to a torrid start to the season, recording 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points in his first 10 games in the ECHL, en route to being named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month for October. The Humbolt, Saskatchewan native then posted 12 goals and three assists for 15 points in 10 games in January to be named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month once again.

Gardiner, 22, spent the first half of his last season with the Penguins before returning to his junior club, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He has six points (3G-3A) in 23 career AHL games.

Josephs is fresh off of a hat trick performance on Friday night with Wheeling in their game against the Indy Fuel. With his recent outburst, the forward from Whitby, Ontario has nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points in 26 ECHL games.

The 23-year-old first-year pro appeared in 13 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year on an amateur tryout agreement following a four-year career at Clarkson University. Josephs posted one goal and one assist in those contests with the Penguins.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Saturday, Feb. 3 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Saturday’s contest is also Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s annual Pink in the Rink night. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

DONATELLI WINS 100th WITH PENGUINS


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli captured his 100th win behind the team’s bench with the team’s 4-1 victory over the Hershey Bears on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Donatelli took over the team’s head coaching duties on December 22, 2015, joining the team from the Wheeling Nailers following Mike Sullivan’s promotion to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Providence, Rhode Island native captured his first win with the team on January 2, 2016 against the Springfield Falcons.

In his first full season (2016-17) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Donatelli led the club to a 51-20-3-2 mark, the best record in the American Hockey League.

Following the win on February 2, Donatelli has a 100-55-9-4 record with the Penguins.  His win total is third-highest in team history.

The Penguins’ next game is Saturday, February 3 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Saturday’s contest will also be Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s annual Pink in the Rink night. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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