The Wheeling Nailers, an East Coast Hockey League team that is the affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens of the NHL and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, has indeed been put up for sale, owner Jim Brooks announced in a press conference on Thursday. Brooks confirmed that the goal is to keep the team in Wheeling and not have it move.
Jim Brooks: Goal is for the Nailers to stay in Wheeling. That's why announcing this now.— Jamie Peklicz (@Nailers_Off_Ice) January 19, 2012
The Nailers have been in Wheeling since 1992 and have been in existence since 1981, making them one of the oldest minor-league hockey franchises in America.