WHEELING, W.V. – The Wheeling Nailers announced on Wednesday that the team has been purchased by Nailers Hockey, LLC.
The sale is subject to approval by the East Coast Hockey League Board of Governors at its annual meeting in June.
The presidents of Nailers Hockey, LLC are Rob and Jim Brooks, who are Pittsburgh area natives and shareholders of Suebro, Inc. which holds voting interests in the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Altoona Curve, a minor league baseball team.
“We are avid hockey fans that have been around and participated in professional sports for several years,” said Rob Brooks. “We are also adamant about keeping the Nailers in Wheeling. This is Wheeling’s team and it will remain in Wheeling. We will also be an ownership that will be actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the Nailers, including hiring a new head coach and extending the lease agreement with the Wheeling Civic Center and the affiliation agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins.”
“Six years ago, Wheeling Pro Hockey, LLC and Slapshot bought the Nailers and kept the team in Wheeling,” said Michael Baker, Nailers Governor. “We had a good run in our tenure, but it was time for a change. The owners for the past several years are excited that the team will remain in Wheeling and they will continue to support the team. We would like to thank the limited investors in the organization, who played a tremendous role in buying the team in 1997, and all the fans and corporate sponsors that worked with the Nailers. We wish them all success in the future.”
“The City of Wheeling would like to thank Wheeling Pro Hockey for all the work put into the Nailers organization the past six years,” said Wheeling Mayor Nick Sparachane. “The City of Wheeling will support the current ownership group in their efforts to keep the Nailers a vital part of our community.”