Nailers re-sign Danny Fick

WHEELING, W.Va. - The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, announced the team has re-signed defenseman Danny Fick for the 2017-18 season.

Fick returns for his third season with the Nailers, after being a part of the team's run to the Kelly Cup Finals in his rookie campaign, then serving as an alternate captain for games during his second year. The 25-year-old first came to Wheeling as a training camp invite at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, before playing his way into the lineup on a regular basis. This past season, he had an even more valuable role, as he was frequently utilized on the penalty kill, and to shut down top forwards on opposing teams. The Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota native appeared in 69 of the club's 72 games, recording 15 points (3g-12a), to go along with a +3 rating. The three games he missed came at the end of the year, when he earned his first opportunity at the AHL level, suiting up in two games for the San Antonio Rampage. In two seasons with the Nailers, Fick has played in 122 games, recording 22 points (6g-16a).

Prior to coming to Wheeling, Fick spent one season in Norway, playing 24 games for Manglerud Star. The third-year blueliner played his college hockey at Harvard University, while earning a degree in Economics. During his time with the Crimson, Fick appeared in 96 games, tallying nine points (1g-8a).