Nailers sign defenseman Velischek

Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, have signed defenseman Alex Velischek to a contract for the 2013-14 season.

Velischek, 22, attended Providence College, before joining the Nailers for the final three games of the 2012-13 campaign. He made his professional debut on March 27, and needed just 17:36 to work his way onto the scoresheet, as he assisted on Paul Crowder’s power play goal to open the scoring.

Prior to turning pro, the Kinnelon, N.J. native spent four years at Providence College. During his time with the Friars, Velischek appeared in 113 games, totaling 27 points (2g-25a) and 102 penalty minutes, while also earning Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors during his freshman season, being named to the 2012 Hockey East All-Academic Team as a junior and leading the team with a +17 rating as a senior. In the midst of his sophomore season, he also suited up with the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers, where he notched 10 points (2g-8a) in 33 games.

Velischek’s ties to the organization began in the summer of 2009, when the Pittsburgh Penguins selected him in the fifth round (123rd overall) of the NHL Entry Draft. He attended Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp in both 2011 and 2012.