The following article appeared on www.wheelingnailers.com on Friday, September 8, 2017 featuring Quinnipiac alum Zach Tolkinen.
By Wheeling Staff
WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced a trade. Wheeling has traded forward Jordan Kwas to the Kansas City Mavericks in exchange for defenseman Zach Tolkinen.
Kwas, 28, was originally claimed off of waivers by the Nailers in January of 2016, after starting his ECHL career with the Colorado Eagles and South Carolina Stingrays. In his first campaign with Wheeling, Jordan tallied seven goals, ten assists, and 17 points in 33 regular season games, before adding four goals, six assists, and ten points in the team's run to the Kelly Cup Final. He was the only member of the team to score a goal in both game seven victories, as the Nailers knocked off Reading and South Carolina. Last season, the Cochrane, Alberta native had a career year, as he finished third on the club with 20 goals, amassing a total of 44 points.
Tolkinen, 27, will be entering his fourth professional season, and has been a stable body on the blueline, having appeared in over 60 games in all three of his previous seasons, including 74 in 2015-16, when he played for two teams. Zach's ECHL travels have taken him to the Elmira Jackals, Missouri Mavericks, and Rapid City Rush, with Elmira featuring his longest tenure. He has been primarily utilized as a defensive defenseman, as he has career totals of 11 goals, 36 assists, and 47 points in 210 games. During the aforementioned 2015-16 campaign, Elmira traded the Lino Lakes, Minnesota native to Missouri, who went on to capture the Brabham Cup, as the team with the most points during the regular season.
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