WHEELING, W. Va. – The Wheeling Nailers in association with the Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Thursday that the Penguins and the Minnesota Wild will play a National Hockey preseason game on September 26 at WesBanco Arena. The Nailers are the ECHL affiliate for the Penguins while the Louisiana IceGators are the ECHL affiliate for Minnesota.
It will mark the second season in a row that an NHL preseason game has been in Wheeling as the New York Islanders beat Pittsburgh 4-1 on September 19, 2003.
“We are excited that our great fans will be treated to NHL hockey for a second straight year,” said Nailers president Rob Brooks. “It’s another great opportunity to show people what a tremendous hockey market Wheeling and the Ohio Valley have become.”