WHEELING, W. Va. – In 1992, The Wheeling Thunderbirds played their first season in Wheeling and one of the up and coming stars on that team was defenseman Terry Virtue, who has returned to Wheeling after 11 years of playing in the American Hockey League and the National Hockey League.
Virtue recently sat down and answered a series of questions for the team’s official web site WheelingNailers.com.
WN: Are you looking forward to taking a new step in your career as you become a player assistant under new head coach Glenn Patrick?
Terry: Yes it’s a big step for me, I’ve always been interested in the coaching side of hockey. All the guys I’ve played with always thought that I’d be a good coach so that helped in making the decision.
WN: With all of the experience you have from playing, how do you think that will help you as you move into the coaching ranks?
Terry: Hopefully I will get a lot of respect from the young guys on the team, I know what it takes to succeed. I don’t have a whole lot of NHL experience, but I’ve been there and I’ve seen many of my teammates over the years make it there. At this level everyone wants to make it to the NHL, you just have to stay positive and work hard.