Bakersfield Condors

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Bakersfield Condors
2017–18 AHL season
Bakersfield Condors logo (2016).svg
City Bakersfield, California
League American Hockey League (AHL)
Conference Western
Division Pacific
Founded 1984
Home arena Rabobank Arena
Colors Blue, Orange, Dark Gray, White
                   
Owner(s) Oilers Entertainment Group
Daryl Katz
General manager Bill Scott
Head coach Jay Woodcroft
Captain Ryan Hamilton
Media The Bakersfield Californian
Prime Ticket
Fox Sports 970
Affiliates Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Wichita Thunder (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 Heat 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 their second AHL Outdoor Classic game, named the Condorstown Outdoor Classic, against the Ontario Reign held on January 7, 2017, at Bakersfield College's Memorial Stadium.[10] Despite sometimes heavy rain, the game went on as scheduled and the Condors defeated the Reign 3–2 in overtime.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated May 8, 2018.[11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
24 Canada Bear, EthanEthan Bear D R 20 2017 Regina, Saskatchewan Oilers
29 Canada Benson, TylerTyler Benson LW L 20 2017 Edmonton, Alberta Oilers
2 Canada Betker, BenBen Betker D L 23 2015 Cranbrook, British Columbia Oilers
31 Canada Brossoit, LaurentLaurent Brossoit G L 25 2015 Surrey, British Columbia Oilers
21 Canada Butcher, ChadChad Butcher RW R 22 2017 Kamloops, British Columbia Condors
15 United States Callahan, MitchMitch Callahan RW R 26 2017 Whittier, California Oilers
23 Canada Christoffer, BradenBraden Christoffer C L 23 2015 Sherwood Park, Alberta Oilers
18 Canada Currie, JoshJosh Currie RW R 25 2015 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Condors
16 United States Day, LoganLogan Day D R 23 2018 Seminole, Florida Condors
28 Canada Downing, GraysonGrayson Downing C L 26 2017 Abbotsford, British Columbia Oilers
34 United States Ellis, NickNick Ellis G L 24 2016 Millersville, Maryland Oilers
10 United States Gambardella, JoeJoe Gambardella C L 24 2017 Staten Island, New York Oilers
26 Canada Gryba, EricEric Gryba D R 30 2017 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Oilers
27 United States Gust, DaveDave Gust RW R 24 2017 Orland Park, Illinois Condors
12 Canada Hamilton, RyanRyan Hamilton (C) LW L 33 2015 Oshawa, Ontario Condors
6 United States Jones, CalebCaleb Jones D L 20 2017 Arlington, Texas Oilers
17 Canada LaLeggia, JoeyJoey LaLeggia LW L 25 2015 Burnaby, British Columbia Oilers
11 United States Larkin, ColinColin Larkin (ATO) C L 24 2018 Waterford, Michigan Oilers
37 United States Loney, TyTy Loney RW R 26 2018 Valencia, Pennsylvania Condors
4 Canada Lowe, KeeganKeegan Lowe (A) D L 25 2017 Greenwich, Connecticut Oilers
22 Canada Malone, BradBrad Malone (A) LW L 29 2017 Chatham, New Brunswick Oilers
20 United States Mantha, RyanRyan Mantha D R 21 2017 Clarkston, Michigan Oilers
7 United States Marody, CooperCooper Marody C L 21 2018 Brighton, Michigan Oilers
13 Canada O'Brien, ZachZach O'Brien RW R 25 2017 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Condors
19 Canada Platzer, KyleKyle Platzer C R 23 2015 Waterloo, Ontario Oilers
38 Canada Polei, EvanEvan Polei LW L 22 2017 Wetaskiwin, Alberta Condors
30 Canada Riopel, NicNic Riopel G L 29 2018 Saint-Pie, Quebec Condors
36 Denmark Russell, PatrickPatrick Russell RW R 25 2016 Birkerod, Denmark Oilers
32 Czech Republic Safin, OstapOstap Safin (ATO) RW L 19 2018 Praha, Czech Republic Oilers
5 Russia Samorukov, DmitriDmitri Samorukov D L 18 2018 Volgograd, Russia Oilers
3 Canada Simpson, DillonDillon Simpson D L 25 2015 Edmonton, Alberta Oilers
8 Canada Stanton, RyanRyan Stanton D L 28 2017 St. Albert, Alberta Oilers
30 United States Starrett, ShaneShane Starrett G L 23 2017 Bellingham, Massachusetts Oilers
14 United States Vesel, TylerTyler Vesel C L 24 2018 Duluth, Minnesota Oilers
40 Canada Wells, DylanDylan Wells G L 20 2018 St. Catharines, Ontario 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. 2016-10-05. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 

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