The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, announced today that Clark Donatelli has been named the team’s interim head coach. Donatelli replaces Stan Drulia, who was named the assistant coach of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals today.
Donatelli, 44, takes over for Drulia, after serving as the team’s assistant coach this season. During his time as assistant coach, the team has the Eastern Conference’s second-best winning percentage at .647 (11-6-0). Donatelli has had an extensive playing career, most notably playing on two United States Olympic teams in 1988 and 1992 (when he was captain of the select team). The Providence, R.I. native also played seven seasons of professional hockey, skating in 35 games at the NHL level with the Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins.
Prior to joining the Nailers staff, Donatelli served as the assistant coach at Providence College, under head coach Tim Army, who is currently a member of the Colorado Avalanche coaching staff.
Donatelli will begin his tenure on Wednesday night, when the Nailers visit the Trenton Titans.
Drulia, 43, joined the Nailers staff prior to the 2010-11 season, and led the team to a 38-29-5 record during the regular season. Drulia led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals, their best postseason finish since 1998.