McGrath re-signs with Nailers

WHEELING, W.Va. – The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, announced the club has re-signed forward Patrick McGrath for the 2014-15 season.

McGrath, 21, returns to Wheeling for his second season of professional hockey, after appearing in 45 regular season games and six playoff contests with the Nailers in 2013-14. Although he registered his first career point with an assist on March 28, McGrath’s reputation was that of a physical player, as he led the team wtih 18 fighting majors (tied for second most in the league). In addition, the Wilkes-Barre, Pa. native racked up 176 penalty minutes, while also taking home the Riesbeck’s Food Markets Fan Choice Player of the Year Award.

Prior to turning pro, McGrath spent two seasons playing junior hockey in Prince Edward Island with the MHL’s Summerside Western Capitals and QMJHL’s P.E.I. Rocket. His 186 penalty minutes were fourth in the MHL in 2011-12, while his 29 fighting majors and 171 penalty minutes both ranked first in the QMJHL in 2012-13. McGrath tallied six points (2g-4a) and 415 penalty minutes in 93 career games at the junior level.