Nailers re-sign forward Fernandez

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

Fernandez, 25, had a breakthrough season in 2013-14, as he appeared in a career-high 54 games with the Nailers, after previously playing in just 16 ECHL games over the course of three professional seasons. His offensive numbers reflected that opportunity, as he finished tied for fifth on the team with 13 goals, while adding 12 assists for 25 points. The Bloomfield, Conn. native wasted little time in making his presence felt, as he netted his first ECHL goal in his second game with Wheeling – the game-winner in a 3-1 triumph at Elmira on Nov. 29.

Prior to joining the Nailers, Fernandez had spent the majority of his pro career in the SPHL, split between four teams. While his 11 points in 12 games with Peoria to start 2013-14 were certainly notable, it was the 2012-13 season that remains the forward’s best, as he registered 21 goals and 50 points in 42 games with Knoxville. In addition, Fernandez attended Brown University for three seasons, while playing his junior hockey with the EJHL’s New England Jr. Coyotes/Falcons.