Wheeling Adds Offensive-Minded Defenseman

WHEELING – The Wheeling Nailers have signed defenseman Barry Goers, their second player signing of the 2013 offseason.

“Barry is an offensive defenseman, who comes with a compete level that is off the charts, which we hope will give us a lot of points from the blueline,” Nailers Coach Clark Donatelli said. “We want him to be creative, which I believe will help him excel in our system.”

Goers, 27, is entering his fourth full season of professional hockey, following a four-year collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. In the spring of 2010, at the conclusion of his senior season, Barry made the jump to the pro game, joining the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers. There, he recorded three points in the final six games of the regular season, ultimately earning himself a spot in the lineup for all five of Las Vegas’ playoff contests, in which he again totaled three points.

The Ivyland, Pa., native’s offensive numbers were a sign of things to come, as Goers finished tied for the team lead in defensive scoring with the Wranglers during the 2010-11 campaign, posting 27 points in 64 games. One year later, Goers’ performance gained recognition from the American Hockey League, as he appeared in two games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and 19 games with the Lake Erie Monsters, dishing out seven assists. Despite spending a significant chunk of time in the AHL, the blueliner still managed to accumulate 26 points with Las Vegas, while helping to lead the club to the 2012 Kelly Cup Final.

This past season saw Goers take the ice in 19 more games with Lake Erie, while also sprinkling in three regular-season tilts and five playoff games with the CHL’s Denver Cutthroats.

“I am very excited about progressing my career with the Nailers,” Goers said. “I am really looking forward to growing and developing with a top notch organization.”

The Nailers will take the ice to start the regular season at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, when they play host to the Elmira Jackals at WesBanco Arena.