WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL daughter of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are pleased to announce their second signing for the 2021 offseason. Wheeling has signed striker Sean Josling again to an ECHL contract.
The 22-year-old Josling is starting his second professional season, having finished 16th among the ECHL rookies with 28 points in his first season with the Nailers. Sean showed his ability to be a versatile player early in the 2020-21 season when he scored three goals and four assists in his first ten games while also ditching the gloves for the first of his six Fighting Majors, who finished second on the roster. All of these elements came together perfectly in the season finale when he picked up a Gordie Howe hat trick in the 5-2 win over Indy Fuel.
“Sean Josling made great strides as a young rookie last season and he has a bright future,” said Nailers Head Coach Derek Army. “He’s playing a strong all-round game, and he’s got some old school nailers in him. He’s playing the game right and we look forward to him continuing that this season. “
Before turning pro, the Toronto, Ontario native played junior hockey for four seasons – all as a member of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. Josling’s stats improved from season to season as he reached the top with 78 points in 2019-20 to lead his team in scoring and secure a place in the third OHL All-Star Team. Sean also enjoyed a taste of the team’s success in 2015-16 when his North York Rangers won the Telus Cup, Canada’s national championship in ice hockey under the age of 18.
“Last year was my first year as a professional and it was very different from the juniors, but now I feel more comfortable,” said Josling. “I’ve learned so much from the older players and I hope I can play a bigger role than last year. It’s great to know that some of the guys are returning, which will be great for our chemistry, and I’m excited to see how the WesBanco Arena is full of fans this year. “
Sean Josling and the Wheeling Nailers begin the team’s 30th season on October 23rd in Fort Wayne before the team’s home opener against the Comets on Saturday, November 6th at 7:10 pm
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