The Nailers are the oldest surviving minor league franchise below the level of the American Hockey League , with unbroken continuity of franchise and never having missed a season of play. The Thunderbirds won four consecutive regular season titles and were three-time Bob Paine Trophy winners as league champions. The team was renamed Winston-Salem Thunderbirds in and moved to Wheeling to become the Wheeling Thunderbirds in under the leadership of president and co-owner Ed Broyhill. After a trademark dispute with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League , the team was renamed Nailers for the —97 season when the franchise held a contest open to local fans, which was won by C. Wickham of Steubenville, Ohio. The name "Nailers" was chosen for the city's long history of nail manufacturing. For the —13 season, the Nailers dropped the red-black-gold scheme they had used for nearly two decades in favor of a black-and-gold palette used by the Penguins.
Erie Youth Hockey Families,. With the hockey season fast approaching we are pleased to announce that the Erie Youth Hockey Association will again be participating in one of our local 4th of July Parades this year! Lawrence Park 4th of July Parade starting at pm. We would like to invite our players and some parents to participate and represent Erie Youth Hockey. Looking for 25 or so players and some parents to be part of the parade.
Over the past 50 years, the program has grown from the original seven teammates to currently over families. The Association has developed a reputation as a premier league focused on the development of youth in the Ohio Valley. This special logo will be included in press releases, electronic communications, public service announcements on WTOV9 and signage at the Wheeling Park and Tunnel Green rinks.
To our hockey families past and present RMU lost a hockey legend - he fed so many of our kids. RIP Myke. Magic Myke Stefanick passed away today surrounded