Heating it up on the ice: 7 reasons to catch this hockey team in the rink


West Virginia’s signature hockey team heats up the ice every season— and you’ll want to catch these goal-blazers on the ice!

The Wheeling Nailers ice hockey team is based in Wheeling, and scores of families attend each game to join in the fun and cheer on players to victory!

Check out these reasons to catch them this season:

1. They will play about 36 games at home

About 30 of those home games will be on Friday or Saturday night, or a Sunday afternoon— extra convenient! It’s the perfect time for some family-friendly entertainment. They will also play about 36 away games, so you can catch them on the road.

2. They make it worth your time

Not only do these guys rip up the ice for a thrilling game, they also treat fans to plenty of extras, from free TVs on flat-screen Fridays to $1 drink specials. Your family can even get a chance to meet and skate with the team after the game! Watch for special events like wine tastings, weenie dog races and special appearances.

3. The team is a big part of the community

The Nailers donate tickets or merchandise and make appearances in support of several community programs. They are especially in tune with organizations that benefit children or enhance the quality of life in not only Wheeling but also throughout the entire Ohio Valley.

4. You might see some up-and-comers

The Wheeling Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, and also the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. So, you can likely see some big names in the future!

5. They have great music

Who knew? For pre-game, you can expect to hear tunes from the Beastie Boys, Metallica, Pearl Jam and Green Day. For countdown, you might get some U2, Bush and Rob Zombie. And then for fights or penalties, count on some Marilyn Manson, Drowning Pool or Offspring.

6. The Nailers have a long history

It all started when the Winston-Salem Thunderbirds were relocated after their 1991-1992 season. The Thunderbirds then began playing in Wheeling and weren’t renamed to the Nailers until 1996-1997. “Nailers” was actually chosen because of Wheeling’s long history with nail manufacturing. Like many other towns along the Ohio River, Wheeling had a strong steel mining community, and the name of the team pays homage to that.

7. It’s affordable!

Talk about some budget-friendly family fun! Regular tickets start at just $10. And with their regular promotional specials, it’s an easy-on-the-wallet evening out for your whole crew!

What’s your favorite reason to attend a Wheeling Nailers game?






This post was last updated on July 30, 2020