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Jake Bolton Signs With Wheeling Nailers

Holy Cross Athletics   08-17-2017

WHEELING, W. Va. - 2016 Holy Cross graduate Jake Bolton has signed a contract with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. The Nailers are the affiliate of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

"Jake Bolton is a puck mover who can make the first outlet pass and has offensive upside," said Nailers Head Coach Jeff Christian. "I am excited to see what he can do for us as I believe he can fit our system well."

This will be Bolton’s third year playing professional hockey as he became a member of the Atlanta Gladiators towards the end of the 2015-2016 season before being traded to the Wichita Thunder during the 2016-2017 season. As a defenseman, Bolton netted a total of two goals and recorded 11 assists in 32 total games for Atlanta and registered one goal and one assist in 30 games for Wichita.

"I had a really good talk with Jeff Christian, and Wheeling couldn't have been a better fit for me," Bolton said. "I am a big body defenseman who can battle in front of the net and move the puck. Wheeling is a hockey town with a great fan base, and I am coming to make an impact."

Bolton played in 145 career games at Holy Cross, posting 11 goals and 43 assists for 54 points. His 145 games are tied for tied for eighth all-time, while his 54 points and 11 goals are both seventh all-time by a defenseman in the program’s Division I era. His 43 assists are ranked sixth. Bolton was named the Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week twice and was a three-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy including a 360 Leader as a senior.

The VIP season ticket deadline for Holy Cross men's ice hockey has been extended until Aug. 31! Be sure to lock in the lowest prices this season and secure your season tickets by the deadline! Tickets start at ONLY $45.00. Season tickets for all games at the newly renovated Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex can be purchased over the phone by calling 1-844-GOCROSS or online at GoHolyCross.com/tickets.

The Crusaders are thrilled to offer 2017-2018 season ticket holders the ultimate upgrade opportunity with the introduction of BRAND NEW reserved chairback seats! Chairbacks will be installed prior to the season behind the Holy Cross bench and are sure to keep Crusader fans on the edge of their seats all season long!

Chairback seats are extremely limited!  Be sure to lock-in your seat location early to guarantee you get the best seat for your viewing experience.  To set up an appointment to pick out your seat in person please call Anthony Moore, Director of Ticket Sales and Operations at 508-793-3427 or email amoore@holycross.edu.


There are numerous ways to stay connected with the Holy Cross men's hockey team. Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossMHockeyFacebook and Instagram.



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