Defenseman Areshenko returns to Nailers

WHEELING, W.Va – The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, announced that the team has re-signed defenseman Jake Areshenko for the 2014-15 season.

Areshenko, 25, is coming off of his first full season of professional hockey, after registering 10 assists in 56 regular-season games with the Nailers. He had previously appeared in three regular-season games and three postseason contests with the South Carolina Stingrays in 2012-13, before attending training camp with the Orlando Solar Bears last October. A few days prior to the start of the 2013-14 campaign, Wheeling acquired the six-foot blueliner, looking to add stability to its defensive play. While Areshenko’s success was more focused in his own zone, he did earn his first professional point with an assist on Opening Night, before tallying his first career playoff point with a helper on Tom Kuhnhackl’s overtime goal in Game 2 against South Carolina.

Prior to turning pro, the Port Coquitlam, British Columbia native attended Bemidji State University, where he appeared in at least 30 games during each of his four seasons. During his time with the Beavers, Areshenko compiled 24 points (4g-20a) in 144 games. Areshenko also played four seasons of junior hockey – three in the BCHL with Burnaby and Powell, as well as one in the USHL with Fargo.