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Nailers Announce New Coach

Wednesday July 1st, 2010
Nailers Announce Stan Drulia New Head Coach
Wheeling, WV - The Wheeling Nailers, the proud AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are excited to announce Stan Drulia as the team’s new head coach. Drulia was introduced this afternoon at the historic McLure Hotel to a gathering of media and fans.
Drulia joins a proud history of Nailers mentors dating all the way back to the legendary Doug Sauter of 1992-93 and becomes the 13th head coach all-time in Wheeling history.
Drulia comes to Wheeling with an impressive list of credentials. His playing career included 126 NHL games with Tampa Bay and Atlanta, 479 career points in the OHL which remains the all-time record for that league, an ECHL Most Valuable Player award, twice winning the IHL Playoff MVP award. As a head coach he has racked up 264 career victories over seven seasons and has twice been named Coach of the Year.
"The quality and number of candidates we heard from was extremely impressive," said Wheeling Nailers President Jim Brooks. "Stan really impressed us foremost as a person and also with his tremendous history of success and passion for hockey. We were searching for a strong leader who will represent us well in the community. Stan stresses to his players the importance of hard work and integrity on and off the ice."
The 42 year old Drulia is in his 8th season as a head coach and comes to Wheeling after a four year stint with the Port Huron Flags and Port Huron IceHawks of the UHL and IHL in which his team increased its win total each season. Last year Port Huron finished an impressive 47-25-4.
Drulia won the IHL Coach of the Year award with Port Huron in 2008 and in the ACHL in 2003 when he won a championship with Orlando in his coaching debut. He has coaching experience in the ECHL with the Augusta Lynx from 2003-05 and as an assistant coach with the Toledo Storm in 2005-06.
In major juniors, Drulia set an all-time record in the prestigious Ontario Hockey League with 479 career points for three different teams. Drulia is also 3rd all-time in goals scored in the OHL with 198 over his career from 1984-89 with Belleville, Hamilton and Niagara Falls.
The 11th round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1986 went on to win the ECHL Most Valuable Player award in 1990-91 when he racked up 63 goals and 140 points for the Knoxville Cherokees. That remains the 4th highest single season point total in ECHL history.
At the AAA level in the IHL he was the only player to twice win the Bud Polie Trophy for Most Valuable Player in the Postseason. He won the honor in 1994 with the Turner Cup Champion Atlanta Knights and received it again in 1999 with the Detroit Vipers.




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