Army named Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week


Wheeling Nailers’ forward Derek Army is the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for April 6-12.


Army scored two goals and added three assists for five points in four games last week as Wheeling went 4-0-0 to clinch a berth in the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs.


The 24-year-old scored a goal in a 2-1 win at Reading on Wednesday, had an assist in a 3-1 victory over Elmira on Friday and in a 5-3 win at Elmira on Saturday and had two points (1g-1a) in a 4-2 victory at Brampton on Sunday.


A native of North Kingstown, R.I., Army was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team last week. He ended his first professional campaign with 66 points, to rank second among ECHL rookies, and his 29 goals were fifth among first-year players.


Prior to turning pro, Army tallied 76 points (38g-38a) in 149 career games at Providence College.


On behalf of Derek Army, a case of pucks will be donated to a Wheeling youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 31,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.


Runners Up: Dane Fox, Kalamazoo (4 gp, 5g, 1a, 6 pts.) and A.J. Jenks, Toledo (3 gp, 5g, 1a, 6 pts.).


Also Nominated: Brett Perlini (Fort Wayne), Taylor Peters (Idaho), Judd Blackwater (Ontario), Brad Ross (Orlando), Derek DeBlois (South Carolina) and Johnnie Searfoss (Utah).




Oct. 17-19 Riley Brace Wheeling Nailers
Oct. 20-26 Matthew Pistilli Fort Wayne Komets
Oct. 27-Nov. 2 Matt Tassone Elmira Jackals
Nov. 3-9 Mitchell Heard Fort Wayne Komets
Nov. 10-16 Corey Trivino Florida Everblades
Nov. 17-23 Jon Booras Tulsa Oilers
Nov. 24-30 Garrett Meurs Fort Wayne Komets
Dec. 1-7 Chad Costello Allen Americans
Dec. 8-14 Brock Nixon Colorado Eagles
Dec. 15-21 Shawn Szydlowski Fort Wayne Komets
Dec. 22-28 Thomas Frazee Fort Wayne Komets
Dec. 29-Jan. 4 Geoff Walker Ontario Reign
Jan. 5-11 Darryl Bootland Colorado Eagles
Jan. 12-18 Chris Kushneriuk Florida Everblades
Jan. 19-25 Casey Pierro-Zabotel Gwinnett Gladiators
Jan. 26-Feb. 1 Jesse Schultz Rapid City Rush
Feb. 2-8 Derek DeBlois South Carolina Stingrays
Feb. 9-15 Chad Painchaud Brampton Beast
Feb. 16-22 Andrew Rowe South Carolina Stingrays
Feb. 23-March 1 Chad Costello Allen Americans
March 2-8 Brett Robinson Idaho Steelheads
March 9-15 David Rutherford Ontario Reign
March 16-22 Shawn Szydlowski Fort Wayne Komets
March 23-29 Sahir Gill Wheeling Nailers
March 30-April 5 Matt White Ontario Reign