Bakersfield Condors

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Bakersfield Condors
2016–17 AHL season
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City Bakersfield, California
League American Hockey League (AHL)
Conference Western
Division Pacific
Founded 1984
Operated 2015–present
Home arena Rabobank Arena
Colors Blue, Orange, Dark Gray, White
                   
Owner(s) Oilers Entertainment Group
Daryl Katz
General manager Bill Scott
Head coach Gerry Fleming
Captain Ryan Hamilton
Media The Bakersfield Californian
Fox Sports 970
Affiliates Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Norfolk Admirals (ECHL)
Franchise history
1984–1988 Nova Scotia Oilers
1988–1996 Cape Breton Oilers
1996–2003 Hamilton Bulldogs
2003–2004 Toronto Roadrunners
2004–2005 Edmonton Road Runners
2010–2015 Oklahoma City Barons
2015–present Bakersfield Condors

The Bakersfield Condors are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) based in Bakersfield, California. The team is owned and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers. The Condors play their home games at Rabobank Arena. The AHL franchise is a relocation of the Oklahoma City Barons, which joined four other AHL franchises as the basis to form a new Pacific Division in California.

The Condors replaced the ECHL team of the same name, which played as a charter member of the West Coast Hockey League from 1995 until 2003 and then in the ECHL from 2003 until the end of the 2014–15 season, after which they moved to Norfolk, Virginia to play as the Norfolk Admirals.

History[edit]

On December 18, 2014, the Oklahoma City Barons and Edmonton Oilers mutually agreed to end the Barons' operations after the end of the 2014–15 season, with the Barons management citing financial problems and the Oilers citing a desire to "move on."[1] One month later, on January 29, 2015, the AHL announced that the Oilers would relocate their franchise to Bakersfield as one of five charter members to form the basis of a new Pacific Division beginning in the 2015–16 season.[2] A name-the-team contest was held from January 30 until February 15, 2015. The Condors name was announced as the winner on February 25, 2015.[3] The Condors unveiled their new logo and colors on April 2, 2015.[4]

On December 18, 2015, the Condors participated in the AHL's first outdoor game in California, called the Golden State Hockey Rush, at Raley Field in West Sacramento against the Stockton Heat. The Stockton would defeat the Condors 3–2 in front of 9,357 fans.[5] Despite not making the playoffs in their first season, the Condors still contributed to the overall increase in AHL attendance[6] with an average of 5195 per night,[7] an increase of about 1900 spectators compared to the former Barons[8] and similar to the former ECHL Condors.[9]

In the 2016–17 season, the Condors were named as hosts for the second AHL outdoor game, named the Condorstown Outdoor Classic, against the Ontario Reign to be held on January 7, 2017, at Bakersfield College's Memorial Stadium.[10]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated September 1, 2016.[11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
39 Canada Betker, BenBen Betker D L 21 2015 Cranbrook, British Columbia Oilers
31 Canada Brossoit, LaurentLaurent Brossoit G L 23 2015 Surrey, British Columbia Oilers
23 Canada Christoffer, BradenBraden Christoffer C L 22 2015 Sherwood Park, Alberta Oilers
36 Canada Currie, JoshJosh Currie RW R 23 2015 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Condors
12 Canada Hamilton, RyanRyan Hamilton (C) LW L 31 2015 Oshawa, Ontario Condors
7 Canada Khaira, JujharJujhar Khaira C L 22 2015 Surrey, British Columbia Oilers
13 Canada LaLeggia, JoeyJoey LaLeggia D L 24 2015 Burnaby, British Columbia Oilers
1 Finland Laurikainen, EetuEetu Laurikainen G L 23 2015 Jyvaskyla, Finland Oilers
19 Canada Moroz, MitchellMitchell Moroz LW L 22 2015 Edmonton, Alberta Oilers
6 Czech Republic Musil, DavidDavid Musil D L 23 2015 Calgary, Alberta Oilers
4 Canada Nurse, DarnellDarnell Nurse D L 21 2015 Hamilton, Ontario Oilers
15 United States Oesterle, JordanJordan Oesterle D L 24 2015 Dearborn Heights, Michigan Oilers
9 United States Pitlick, TylerTyler Pitlick RW R 24 2015 Centerville, Minnesota Oilers
14 Canada Platzer, KyleKyle Platzer C R 21 2015 Waterloo, Ontario Oilers
United States Rechlicz, JoelJoel Rechlicz RW R 29 2016 Brookfield, Wisconsin Condors
2 Canada Reinhart, GriffinGriffin Reinhart D L 22 2015 North Vancouver, British Columbia Oilers
38 Canada Roy, Marc-OlivierMarc-Olivier Roy C L 21 2015 Boisbriand, Quebec Condors
United States Simonelli, FrankieFrankie Simonelli D R 23 2016 Bensenville, Illinois Condors
18 Canada Simpson, DillonDillon Simpson D L 23 2015 Edmonton, Alberta Oilers
33 Russia Slepyshev, AntonAnton Slepyshev Injured Reserve LW R 22 2015 Penza, Russia Oilers
Canada Tam, MikaelMikael Tam D L 25 2016 Quebec, Quebec Condors
39 Russia Yakimov, BogdanBogdan Yakimov C L 21 2015 Nizhnekamsk, Russia Oilers


References[edit]

  1. ^ "OKC Barons To Cease Operations At End Of Current Season". news9.com. December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bakersfield will join the American Hockey League in 2015-16". Bakersfield Condors. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ Griffith, Mike (February 25, 2015). "Condors team name remains the same". Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "AHL CONDORS LOGO UNVEILING APRIL 2 AT 12 P.M.". Bakersfield Condors. March 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Grant, Kylington and Shore Lead Heat to 3-2 Win at Raley Field". Stockton Heat. December 19, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ "AHL teams establish all-time attendance record". AHL. April 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Bakersfield Condors Yearly Attendance". HockeyDB. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ "OKC Barons Yearly Attendance". HockeyDB. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ "ECHL Bakersfield Condors Yearly Attendance". HockeyDB. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Condors bringing outdoor hockey to Memorial Stadium". Bakersfield.com. August 23, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Bakersfield Condors Team roster". Bakersfield Condors. 2016-02-10. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 

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