The Nailers, according to their website (be sure to click on "get your tickets here" on the right side), are in their 19th season of operations. History! The Nailers are named for, uh, hmmm, I have no fucking clue. We could make the obvious Nailin' Palin joke, but we'll resist. It has something to with industry, or miners, or Rona hardware stores. Or fucking.
Wheeling, West Virgina
The home town of the Nailers, according to Wikipedia had a population of over 31,000 in 2000. It was estimated that in 2009 the population is less than 29,000, so you know the city is growing economically. Wheeling is in Ohio County because it's in West Virginia. Besides Joyce DeWitt, its most famous resident is fictional character Chris in the Morning from Northern Exposure, who went on to nail Sarah Jessica Parker during season 4 of Sex and the City.
Is the home of the Nailers, and the Upper Ohio Valley's "Premier Multipurpose Facility." In that role, they will be hosting such huge events as the "Christmas in November Arts and Crafts Show" and, uh, Nailers games. Multipurpose indeed! On the plus side, Nailers season tickets can be had for as little as $50, or the price of a beer at the Bell Centre.
The Nailers Booster Club
Sporting the most professional website available from GeoCities in 1999, the booster club says that the most important thing they provide to the team is "friendship." Their annual summer Steak Fry is the highlight of the Wheeling social calendar every year. Here's a photo we found of the booster club reacting to the news of the new affiliation with the Habs, from their photo page*:
Nailers fever. Catch it!
*In response to a particularly nasty copyright notice on the bottom of that page, as a lawyer I am forced to write the following disclaimer: screw you.