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Nailers sign Butcher to a contract

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers Tuesday announced their first player signing of the offseason, forward Alec Butcher, who has the team has resigned to an ECHL contract.

Butcher, 26, is set to begin his third season with the Nailers, after finishing the 2019-20 campaign tied for third on the club with 33 points. He got off to a strong start to the year, especially at home, as he recorded at least one point in each of the team’s first three home contests, including a two-goal performance in the home opener. Other successful stretches during the season included a three-game goal streak in December in which the team won all three games, then a run in January and February which saw him accumulate at least one point in 13 of 18 matches. Butcher also led Wheeling with three shorthanded goals.

“Alec has shown improvement in each of his first two years with the organization,” said Nailers head coach Mark French. “We are counting on him to continue to take steps forward and continue to grow his game.”

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Butcher upped his production in all offensive categories from year one to year two, as he increased his goal total by three, and his assist total by 11, for a 14-point improvement overall. His career totals with the Nailers are 27 goals, 25 assists, and 52 points in 89 games. Prior to turning pro, Butcher played college hockey at Sacred Heart University for three years, then finished his collegiate career close to home at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

“I’ve enjoyed growing as both a person and as a hockey player in Wheeling,” Butcher said about his opportunity to play for the affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “I’m looking forward to a successful 2020-21 season, and am excited to get back playing in front of our fans again.”

Season memberships are available for the 2020-21 season. To purchase yours or to get information, visit wheelingnailers.com or call (304) 234-GOAL. The Wheeling Nailers, considered one of the top things to do in Wheeling, West Virginia, provide affordable family entertainment for fans throughout the Ohio Valley.

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