Wheeling Ownership Transfer Approved

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Thursday that the Board of Governors has unanimously approved the Transfer of Controlling Interest in the Wheeling Nailers membership.


The Board approved the transfer from Nailers Hockey, LLC, owned by the Brooks family, to The Hockey Club of the Ohio Valley, owned by Ohio Valley Industrial & Business Development Corporation, and the Wheeling Amateur Hockey Association.


“The ECHL would like to welcome the newest owners of the Nailers,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “At the same time, I would like to thank Jim and Rob Brooks for all of their work during their ownership tenure in Wheeling over the last nine years.”


Wheeling entered the ECHL in 1992-93, after transferring the membership from Winston-Salem, N.C. where the team was one of the ECHL’s original five teams in 1988-89. The Nailers are celebrating their 20th season in Wheeling this year, and are the ECHL’s all-time leader with 830 wins.