Army, Gardiner Return to Nailers

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers have received forward Derek Army on loan from the Tucson Roadrunners and forward Reid Gardiner on loan from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, while signing defenseman Ayrton Valente to an amateur tryout.

Army, 26, was involved in an American Hockey League trade on Monday, as he was dealt from the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators affiliate) to the Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona Coyotes affiliate). Tucson then proceeded to loan Army to the only ECHL team he has played for during his five-year professional career, as he returns to the Nailers.

The North Kingstown, R.I., native appeared in 21 games with Wheeling at the start of the season, accumulating nearly one point per game, as he tallied seven goals, 12 assists, and 19 points. He then suited up in 22 games with Milwaukee, recording one goal, four assists, and five points.

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