Torquato re-signs for fifth season with Nailers

WHEELING, W.Va – The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, announced that the team has re-signed forward
Zack Torquato for the 2015-16 season.

Torquato, 26, has become a fixture in Wheeling, both on the ice and in the community, as he will be entering his fifth season as a member of the Nailers. Last season, he became the fifth player in team history to appear in 200 career games, and currently sits only 26 contests away from breaking the team record shared by Stefan Brannare and Cliff Loya (231). The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has finished in the top five in team scoring during each of his four previous seasons with the club, which included career highs in goals (19) and points (59) in 2014-15. Torquato will enter the 2015-16 campaign with career totals of 54 goals, 124 assists, 178 points and 310 penalty minutes in 206 games with Wheeling.

In addition to his time with the Nailers, Torquato has also seen action in the American Hockey League in five of the last eight seasons, including 18 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2013-14, and another 12 games with the AHL Pens this past year. Overall, Torquato has appeared in 316 professional games with six different teams. Prior to making the jump to the pro game, he spent parts of five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, suiting up with the Saginaw Spirit and Erie Otters. His performance in the OHL led him to be a sixth-round selection (178th overall) by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.