WHEELING, WV – Wheeling Nailers head coach Stan Drulia has announced the team’s leadership group for the 2010-2011 season Tuesday. Forward Andrew Lord has been named the team’s Captain, while Kris Vernarsky, Andrew Orpik and David Urquhart have all been named alternate captains.
The Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
This is Lord’s third season in Wheeling. He has tallied 85 points (35g-50a) the past two seasons, and currently has 10 points in 13 games played this season. Lord has scored three game winning goals this year; most recently with an overtime goal against Elmira on Nov. 7. Lord served as the team’s captain last season.
Drulia also announced that Kris Vernarsky will be the team’s primary alternate captain. The veteran forward played for Drulia the previous three seasons with the Port Huron Icehawks of the IHL. Vernarsky played 17 games with the Boston Bruins, scoring one goal. This season, he has posted seven points (2g-5a) in nine games played.
The team’s second alternate captain will be determined based on game location. Forward Andrew Orpik will wear the “A” when the Nailers play at home, while defenseman David Urquhart will serve as alternate captain when the team is on the road.