WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are excited to announce their sixth player signing of the 2017 offseason. Wheeling has signed defenseman Ross McMullan to an ECHL contract.
McMullan, 25, returns for his second professional season, after appearing in 46 games with the Nailers as a rookie. Ross made his debut with the club on October 22nd in Cincinnati, then collected his first career goal and assist in Wheeling's 4-1 home win against Utah on December 3rd. He went on to register three goals, six assists, nine points, and 42 penalty minutes. McMullan also posted a +4 rating, which was tied for second among Nailers defensemen. Additionally, he netted the winning tally in the team's lone shootout on October 28th in Kalamazoo.
"Ross McMullan came to us at first as a bit of a long shot, but worked hard, and earned his spot on the team," said Nailers Head Coach Jeff Christian. "He is always trying to improve, and is a true heart and soul player. Ross' work in the community speaks volumes for the type of person that he is, and he is a great guy to be around, both on the ice and in the locker room."
Prior to turning pro, the Las Vegas, Nevada native attended St. Lawrence University, where he majored in Economics and Spanish, while playing for the Saints. During his time in Upstate New York, Ross played in 38 games, notching one goal, three assists, and four points. The goal came during his sophomore season. McMullan played three seasons of junior hockey, spending two years with the EJHL's Springfield Pics and one campaign with the AJHL's Camrose Kodiaks. His most productive seasons came in Springfield, when he collected 37 points in 63 games.
"I had such a good experience last year, with the fans, the coaching staff, and the group of guys," McMullan said. "I'm most looking forward to just playing, knowing what to expect, and seeing how the team is. Being confident in how the game is run will be huge, and I will be focused on making a difference from the get-go."
For his efforts around the Ohio Valley last season, Ross earned the McDonald's Community Award. His greatest contribution came in March, when teammates shaved his head for the St. Baldrick's Foundation as part of Nailers Fight Cancer Month.
"I can't wait to rally the troops and get a few more shaved heads come March," said McMullan.
Ross McMullan and the Wheeling Nailers will begin the 2017-18 season with two road games against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on October 13th and 14th. The home opener at WesBanco Arena takes place on October 21st at 7:05, when the Nailers do battle with the Cincinnati Cyclones. To purchase season, flex, or group tickets, or to get more information on tickets and events, call (304) 234-GOAL.