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 by 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 in 2015 as the basis to form a new Pacific Division in California.

Bakersfield Condors
2019–20 AHL season
Bakersfield Condors logo (2016).svg
CityBakersfield, California
LeagueAmerican Hockey League (AHL)
ConferenceWestern
DivisionPacific
Founded1984
Home arenaRabobank Arena
ColorsBlue, orange, dark gray, white
                   
Owner(s)Oilers Entertainment Group
Daryl Katz
General managerKeith Gretzky
Head coachJay Woodcroft
CaptainKeegan Lowe
MediaThe Bakersfield Californian
Prime Ticket
Fox Sports 970
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesEdmonton Oilers (NHL)
Wichita Thunder (ECHL)
Franchise history
1984–1988Nova Scotia Oilers
1988–1996Cape Breton Oilers
1996–2003Hamilton Bulldogs
2003–2004Toronto Roadrunners
2004–2005Edmonton Road Runners
2010–2015Oklahoma City Barons
2015–presentBakersfield Condors
Championships
Division Championships1 (2018–19)

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.

HistoryEdit

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.

During the 2018–19 season, the Condors tied the second-longest AHL winning streak at 17 games from January 12 to February 25, 2019.[11] The Condors finished in first place in Pacific Division in the regular season before they were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the San Diego Gulls.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts PCT GF GA Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2015–16 68 31 28 7 2 71 .522 212 222 5th, Pacific 2016 Did not qualify
2016–17 68 33 29 5 1 72 .529 200 188 5th, Pacific 2017 Did not qualify
2017–18 68 31 27 9 1 72 .529 188 206 7th, Pacific 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 68 42 21 3 2 89 .654 242 182 1st, Pacific 2019 W, 3–1, COL L, 2–4, SD

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated February 15, 2020.[12]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
2   Evan Bouchard D R 20 2019 Oakville, Ontario Oilers
18   Josh Currie (A) C R 27 2015 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Oilers
19   Logan Day D R 25 2018 Seminole, Florida Oilers
6   Vincent Desharnais D R 23 2019 Laval, Quebec Condors
9   Luke Esposito C/LW L 26 2018 Greenwich, Connecticut Condors
5   Joe Gambardella C L 26 2017 Staten Island, New York Oilers
21   Cameron Hebig C R 23 2018 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Oilers
28   Tomas Jurco RW L 27 2019 Košice, Czechoslovakia Oilers
15   Miles Koules C R 25 2019 Los Angeles, California Condors
24   Jake Kulevich D L 27 2018 Salem, Massachusetts Condors
4   Keegan Lowe (C) D L 26 2017 Greenwich, Connecticut Oilers
11   Kirill Maksimov RW R 20 2019 Moscow, Russia Oilers
17   Brad Malone (A) LW L 30 2017 Chatham, New Brunswick Oilers
23   Brandon Manning D L 29 2019 Prince George, British Columbia Oilers
20   Cooper Marody C R 23 2018 Brighton, Michigan Oilers
29   Ryan McLeod C L 20 2019 Mississauga, Ontario Oilers
14   Anthony Peluso RW R 30 2019 North York, Ontario Condors
35   Joel Persson D R 25 2019 Kristianstad, Sweden Oilers
38   Dmitri Samorukov D L 20 2018 Volgograd, Russia Oilers
34   Stuart Skinner G L 21 2018 Edmonton, Alberta Oilers
30   Shane Starrett G L 25 2017 Bellingham, Massachusetts Oilers
10   Jakob Stukel LW L 22 2019 Surrey, British Columbia Condors
13   Nolan Vesey LW L 24 2018 North Reading, Massachusetts Oilers

Notable alumniEdit

List of Bakersfield Condors alumni who played more than 100 games in Bakersfield and 100 or more games in the National Hockey League.

ReferencesEdit

  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. Archived from the original on February 27, 2015. 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 winning streak ends at 17 games; Lose 1-0 to Iowa Wild". KGET-TV. March 1, 2019.
  12. ^ "Bakersfield Condors Team roster". Bakersfield Condors. 2020-01-14. Retrieved February 14, 2020.

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