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Rooney signs for first full season with Wheeling


WHEELING, W.Va. – The
Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, announced that the club has signed forward Chris Rooney for the 2013-14 season.

Rooney, 24, made his pro debut with the Nailers on March 27, and proceeded to play in the final three games of the 2012-13 regular season.

Prior to turning pro, Rooney attended Providence College for four years. He appeared in 97 games with the Friars, tallying 33 points (7g-26a). During his junior season, he was named to the 2012 Hockey East All-Academic Team.

The Canton, Mass. native comes from a hockey background, as his father Steve (also a Providence College graduate) appeared in 154 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils, taking home a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1986. Chris’ older brother Joe also enjoyed a brief stint in professional hockey, splitting the 2007-08 campaign with the Lowell and Trenton Devils.