WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced a transaction, which takes effect immediately. Pittsburgh has reassigned goaltender Emil Larmi from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Wheeling.
Larmi, 23, is currently playing in his first professional season in North America, and has appeared in five games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, posting a 1-2-2 record, a 4.43 goals against average, and a .861 save percentage. Emil earned his first career victory on October 16th, with a 30-save performance against the Binghamton Devils. Prior to signing an NHL contract with Pittsburgh during the summer, the Lahti, Finland native played three seasons in Finland's top professional league - SM-liiga, as a member of HPK Hameenlinna. Larmi collected 50 victories during that time, while keeping his goals against average under 2.30 and his save percentage at .900 or better during all three years. He also backstopped 15 shutouts.
The Nailers return home for two games this weekend. Friday night is a Frosty Friday, when Wheeling host the Toledo Walleye at 7:05. Saturday at 7:05 is Office Night, starring Leslie David Baker, aka "Stanley Hudson" from The Office, as the Nailers tangle with the Kalamazoo Wings. Wheeling will also play at home on New Year's Eve, while the next Big Six Promotional Night is Nickelodeon Night featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on January 11th. Holiday Packages are currently available as well. 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. For information on season tickets, group tickets, partial plans, and more, call (304) 234-GOAL.