The Wheeling Nailers, proud members of the ECHL, announced today that they have entered into a minor league player affiliation agreement with the Montreal Canadiens (NHL) and Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) for the 2010-11 season.
The Canadiens’ minor league track record is equally impressive, especially in the ECHL. The Club’s ECHL affiliate has won the Kelly Cup Championship 2 of the last 3 years. Last year the Canadiens’ ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones, had a Conference high 44 wins during the regular season and went on to win the Kelly Cup in a thrilling 5 game series, with the Canadiens’ goaltender Robert Mayer sharing the MVP honors.
This is not the first time the Wheeling organization has been affiliated with the Montreal Canadiens. The Winston-Salem / Wheeling Thunderbirds had an nine year relationship with the Montreal Canadiens producing three Riley Cup finals appearances in 1989, 1990, and 1993 along with three Henry Brabham Cups for most regular season points in 1990, 1993, and 1995 and one ECHL championship in 1989.