By Brian Compton
NHL.com Staff Writer
On Nov. 23, 1985, Bryan Ewing was born in Wheeling, W.Va.
Twenty-three years later, he found himself playing professional hockey there.
Sure, players occasionally find themselves playing in their hometown. But that’s usually reserved for places like Montreal or Toronto.
“I was born here, but my family left when I was 10,” Ewing told NHL.com. “I really don’t remember much. But it’s pretty cool being back here.”
The Wheeling Nailers are certainly happy to have him. The rookie forward has been one of the ECHL’s top scorers this season, as he enters the final weekend of the regular season with 43 goals and 47 assists in just 65 games. His 90 points rank second in the ECHL behind only Florida’s Kevin Baker.
“I got off to a slow start in October, but I adjusted pretty well after the first month,” Ewing said. “I have 90 points, so I must be doing something right now. I’m having a good year, but I’m playing with good guys too, so that makes my life a lot easier.”