Nailers agree to terms with Chaz Johnson

WHEELING, W.Va. – The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, announced the team has re-signed forward Chaz Johnson to an ECHL contract.

Johnson, 30, returns for his second season with the Nailers, as well as his 10th season of professional hockey, after appearing in his 500th career game during the 2013-14 campaign. In 64 games with Wheeling, Johnson posted 34 points (13g-21a) and added 152 penalty minutes. The Montreal, Quebec native had an especially strong finish to the year, racking up an eight-game point streak during March and April, before tallying a pair of goals in the playoffs.

Johnson has spent the first nine years of his career in the AHL, ECHL and UHL, suiting up in 537 games, while totaling 289 points (145g-144a) and 1,336 penalty minutes. He has reached the 20-goal plateau in four of those seasons, with the most recent occurring in 2011-12, when he was a member of the Chicago Express. The 6-foot-1 forward has also appeared in 61 career playoff games, taking home the United Hockey League’s Colonial Cup in 2006-07 with the Rockford IceHogs.