Thursday, August 26, 2010


Earlier this month, Mike Gershon -- who was an impressive, hard-hitting defenseman for the Golden Eagles -- signed a contract with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. Here is the Nailers official release...

WHEELING,WV - The Wheeling Nailers, the AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have added to their roster with the announcement that they have signed defenseman Mike Gershon for the 2010-2011 season.

The Nailers have now officially announced the signings of three players so far including center Kris Vernarsky and returning defenseman Kyle Bushee.

Gershon is a 5'10" native of Sparta, NJ who played for Coach Drulia last year with his team in Port Huron, Mich. of the IHL. Gershon scored 7 goals and 28 assists while recording 75 penalty minutes in his professional rookie season.

"Mike is one of those kids that is going to get better every day. He is serious about his game, and prepares like a real pro" said head coach Stan Drulia.

The 25 year old Gershon played for Division 3 State University of New York at Brockport from 2005-2009. His senior season with the SUNY-Brockport program he was named to the All-SUNY Athletic Conference second team as he scored 8 goals and 9 assists. His career with the Golden Eagles was highlighted by a hat trick on November 7, 2008 against SUNY-Genesco.

Gershon will be the first product of SUNY-Brockport to play for Wheeling. The most notable SUNY player in Wheeling history was Brendon Hodge out of SUNY-Plattsburgh who starred for the Nailers for three seasons from 2003-06.