Rookie goaltender DeSmith joins Nailers

WHEELING, W.Va. – The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, announced the club has signed goaltender Casey DeSmith to an ECHL contract.

DeSmith, 23, will make his professional debut this season, following three seasons of college hockey at the University of New Hampshire. While with the Wildcats, DeSmith appeared in 97 games, compiling a 48-36-8 record, while posting a goals-against average under 2.50 and a save percentage of at least .920 in each of his three campaigns. As a sophomore in 2012-13, DeSmith and his school played in the NCAA National Tournament, defeating the University of Denver in the Regional Semifinal, before falling to UMass-Lowell. One year later, the Wildcats reached the Hockey East Final, backed by DeSmith’s 20 victories.

This will be the second straight season that the Nailers will have a goaltender from the University of New Hampshire, following DeSmith’s former teammate Jeff Wyer, who appeared in two games with Wheeling in 2014-15.