Nailers re-sign rookie standout Army

WHEELING, W.Va. – The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins, announced the team has re-signed forward Derek Army for the 2015-16 season.

Army, 24, is coming off of a fantastic rookie season, which saw him lead the Nailers with 29 goals, while becoming the first Wheeling player to appear in all 72 regular season games since Brock Sheahan during the 2008-09 season. Army’s season began to take off in late November, when a two-goal performance in Elmira helped lead him into a six-goal, 13-point month in December, which was followed by eight more tallies and 16 more points in January. The North Kingstown, R.I. native’s efforts were recognized twice by the ECHL, as he earned Player of the Week honors for the week of April 6-12, before being named to the All-Rookie Team at season’s end. However, that was just the beginning of the accolades for Army, who won three team awards, including Fan Choice Player of the Year.

Prior to his time with the Nailers, Army attended Providence College. In four seasons with the Friars, Army recorded 76 points (38g-38a) in 149 games, as he became the third member of his family (father Tim, grandfather Tom) to play for the Friars. After completing his senior season, the 5-foot-11 forward made the jump to the pro game, collecting four points in four games with Wheeling.