WHEELING, W.Va - The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, announced the team has signed forward Jeremy Beirnes to a contract for the 2017-18 season.
Beirnes, 29, has spent the last two seasons in the SPHL, playing for the Huntsville Havoc and Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. During that time, he appeared in 69 games, totaling 12 points (8g-4a) and 359 penalty minutes. In 2015-16 with Huntsville, Beirnes accumulated 275 penalty minutes, which were the most in the SPHL.
Prior to starting his second stint in the SPHL, the Edson, Alberta native attended the University of Alberta-Augustana, where he played five years of college hockey. While with the Vikings, Beirnes collected 32 points (21g-11a) and 526 penalty minutes in 77 games. His most productive season was his fourth year, when he tallied 10 points (7g-3a) in 25 contests.
Beirnes also played three seasons in the AJHL, suiting up with the Olds Grizzlys and Camrose Kodiaks.