BakersfieldCondors.com» News & Releases http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com The Official Website of the Bakersfield Condors Professional Hockey Club Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:20:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 J.F. meets Condorstown http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/troy-mann-on-condorstv/ http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/troy-mann-on-condorstv/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:07:22 +0000 http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/?p=17962 Full video coverage from J.F. Houle’s introduction to Condorstown and more from Edmonton Oilers legend Kelly Buchberger. Visit Condors.TV for more!

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Meet & Greet w/ J.F. Houle on Wednesday at 1 p.m. http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/meet-greet-w-j-f-houle-on-wednesday-at-1-p-m/ http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/meet-greet-w-j-f-houle-on-wednesday-at-1-p-m/#respond Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:20:31 +0000 http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/?p=18141
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that new head coach J.F. Houle will be introduced to the public at an event on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Who:
 Condors Head Coach J.F. Houle, Edmonton Oilers Manager of Player Personnel Kelly Buchberger, Condors Team President Matthew Riley, and staff will be present
What: Meet & Greet with new Condors Head Coach J.F. Houle
Where: Tap Room located inside Rabobank Arena (enter through blue doors)
When: Wednesday, July 30 at 1 p.m.
Other fun: Hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided
Take a late lunch on Wednesday and come welcome J.F. along with his wife Mia to Condorstown!
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Opening Night is just 81 days away on Oct. 17. Click here or call 324-PUCK (7825)
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FEATURE: Marciano Right At Home http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/feature-marciano-right-at-home/ http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/feature-marciano-right-at-home/#respond Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:33:20 +0000 http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/?p=18137 D Joe Marciano did not have to travel far for his first professional hockey season. The Rancho Cucamonga native made the short trip up the 99 after beginning the season in Orlando. He proved to be a dependable and key asset on the blue line for the team during the regular season and the playoffs.

Marciano missed just five regular season games and appeared in every Condors postseason contest. Paired with fellow rookie Joey Leach, the duo was tasked to provide a physical, defensive presence.

Offensively, the former Colorado College product scored a big game-tying goal in Game 3 of the team’s first round series with Utah to help propel the Condors into a series lead and ultimately a long playoff run, ending in the Western Conference Finals.

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HOLTY’S BLOG: “Houle as in Cool” http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/holtys-blog-houle-as-in-cool/ http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/holtys-blog-houle-as-in-cool/#respond Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:26:43 +0000 http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/?p=18115 In true @PrezRiles fashion, he announced to the media today that the “Condors have hired J.F. Houle. Pronounced Houle as in cool.” (Full video here) That’s the easiest way to remember who the team selected from dozens of qualified candidates to be the sixth head coach in team history.

Last week, I gave you a “typical profile” (copied below) of what a Condors head coach looks like and traits he might have. How did I do?

A TYPICAL CONDORS COACH
Age at hire:
 36.6 years old [youngest – MacDonald (32) / oldest – Mann (43)]
Nationality:  Canadian (all five coaches have been Canadian. Three from Ontario)
Height: 6’1” [tallest – O’Dette (6’5”) / shortest – Mann (5’10”)]
Playing career: three of the five played in the AHL
Coaching career: three of the five had previous professional head coaching experience

How does JF shape up to my profiling?
Age: 39 (not the oldest, not the youngest)
Nationality: Canadian – nailed it and eastern Canadian too continuing that trend. (bonus point for Holty)
Height: Troy was the shortest and we made history, so I’m fine with him being under 6’
Playing career: AHL / ECHL
Coaching career: no professional coaching experience, but a wealth of major junior/college

I’m giving myself a .500 record on the profile. Don’t agree with my rulings? Tough, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want…

Kidding aside, I’m on board with this hire and I think JF will be a tremendous asset not only for the team, but in the community. When I spoke to him briefly this morning he talked at length about his excitement level about the position, about how much his family (wife and two children) is looking forward to moving to Bakersfield, and how many great things he also already heard and knows about Condorstown.

I got the impression that this was a guy who not only understood the hockey side of things, but valued the importance of the organization and community as a whole. Friends of the blog @Nailers_PxP and @Alex_Reed_PxP both separately reached out to me to say how much they enjoyed working with JF in Lewiston and how great he and the family were to the community.

On the ice, his teams are noted for their compete level and he described himself to me as demanding the team work hard, play fast, and with a high level of character.  He wasn’t selected by Hockey Canada as the U-17 National coach for nothing. That’s a HUGE deal. (as I mentioned in an email to the staff today)

He understands the “new” style of player and how to communicate effectively and get the most out of them. Another note he mentioned was his enjoyment in teaching the game which is invaluable at this level. Certainly, winning is important, but developing as he said “men on and off the ice,” is just as vital.

There will be time to dissect systems and styles at a later point. For now, it’s just about recognizing that the Condors are in good hands. Make no mistake about it, this was an attractive position, due in large part to the Edmonton Oilers ownership and support. It is not often you see a Major Junior head coach leave for the ECHL, which says all you need to know about the current state of Condorstown.

Bienvenue à Bakersfield!

Until next time Condorstown … Time to go bone up on my French.

Ryan Holt a.k.a. Holty is the voice of the Condors, entering his fourth season with the team. He’s going to Goo Goo Dolls tonight and thinks Iris is the best song they ever made. Tweet him @BroadcastHolt or shoot him an email.

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Jean-François Houle named head coach http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/jean-francois-houle-named-head-coach/ http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/jean-francois-houle-named-head-coach/#respond Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:15:50 +0000 http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/?p=18097
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that Jean-François (J.F.) Houle (OOL) has been named the sixth head coach in team history. Houle replaces Troy Mann, who was named head coach of the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears earlier this month. Houle will be formally introduced in Bakersfield at a press conference next week.

 

“We are thrilled to name Jean-François Houle as the head coach of the Bakersfield Condors,” Edmonton Oilers Assistant General Manager Bill Scott said.  “After an exhaustive interview process we identified JF as the candidate we felt was best fit to lead the Condors and Oilers prospects into the future. He has an incredible knowledge of the game, strong work ethic and has the discipline to teach and mentor our players. JF has a bright future ahead of him and we are excited to have him join our organization.”

Houle, 39, has spent the last four-plus seasons as a head coach in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with both Lewiston and Blainville-Boisbriand. In 305 regular season games, the Quebec City, Que. native has compiled a record of 174-101-12-18, good for a .617 point percentage. That record includes four consecutive 40-win seasons.

In May, his success led to Hockey Canada naming him head coach of one of three Canadian teams at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, a position from which he has resigned in order to coach in Bakersfield.

“I have heard nothing but good things about the community of Bakersfield and the Condors organization,” Houle said. “My family and I are excited for the opportunity to come to Bakersfield. This is an opportunity for me to learn the ropes as a professional coach, knowing that I have a big recruiting network. I’m personable, really enjoy teaching the game and consider my communication with players as a strength. I expect my teams to work hard and I am very demanding that they have a competitive edge.”

His past three seasons have been spent in Blainville-Boisbriand where he led the Armada to back-to-back West Division titles in 2011-12 and 2012-13. The team advanced to the third round of the QMHJL playoffs in each of the last two seasons and the second round in 2011-2012.

 

Prior to his time with the Armada, Houle spent parts of two seasons at the helm of the Lewiston MAINEiacs from 2009-11 after taking over in December of the 2009-10 season. After getting the team in the playoffs in 2010, he them to the third round the following season before losing to eventual QMJHL and Memorial Cup Champion, St. John.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Clarkson University, where he served as an assistant coach from 2003 until accepting the Lewiston position in 2010. With Clarkson, he recruited and coached numerous former Condors including 2010 captain F Shawn Wellar, F Scott Freeman, and F Nicholas Tremblay. He was instrumental in bringing 15 NHL Draft picks to Clarkson, including current Winnipeg Jets D Grant Clitsome.

As a player, Houle was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the fourth round (#99 overall) of the 1993 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft. He went on to play four seasons at Clarkson before turning pro and playing five seasons split between the AHL and ECHL. His best season came in 1997-98 when he recorded 62 points (25g-37a) in 53 games with the ECHL’s New Orleans Brass.

Houle is the son of Réjean Houle. His father was the number one overall pick in the 1969 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens, played over 700 games with the club, and went on to win five Stanley Cups.

He and his wife, Mia, have two children: Emma (12) and Noah (10).

J.F. Houle Head Coaching Record (* – won division, ^ – took over midseason)
2013-14 Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 41-17-5-5, 92pts (.676%) // Playoffs: Third round
*2012-13 Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 41-19-2-6, 90pts (.662%) // Playoffs: Third round
*2011-12 Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 40-22-4-2, 86pts (.632%) // Playoffs: Second round
2010-11 Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL) 40-24-1-5, 84pts (.618%) // Playoffs: Third round
^2009-10 Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL) 12-19-0-2, 26pts (.394%) // Playoffs: First round
Totals (five seasons): 174-101-12-18, 378pts (.617%) // Playoffs: 36-29 (.554%). 7-5 series record
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HOLTY’S BLOG: Signing Players and Coaches http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/holtys-blog-signing-players-and-coaches/ http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/holtys-blog-signing-players-and-coaches/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:55:40 +0000 http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/?p=17988 Since I didn’t blog yesterday, which has become known as my designated blog day, I figured I’d hit you with a two-part Holty’s Blog on a Friday. Don’t say I never gave you anything! Apologies in advance to good friend of the blog @GrizzliesVoice, who writes his blog on Fridays. Go read that one too (click here).

You may be saying, hey I only need one part to Holty’s Blog. That may be the case, but as I’ll remind you, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want.

Now for the part one of the blog…

I see things Condorstown. I read things. I don’t know all, but I fill my head with a lot. I also have a memory like a steel trap.

So I read and hear from time-to-time that the Condors always “hold up announcing players,” or “haven’t signed anyone,” or “every other team is signing players and we’re doing nothing.”

Yesterday, the team announced the return of two players, Chase Schaber and Nick Pageau. If you were at the send-off to Troy, or watched @PrezRiles talk to the media (click here), you would know that currently there are 5-6 players under contract, waiting to be announced for various reasons.

You would also know that it is anticipated the team will have somewhere between 6-8 contracted players come to Bakersfield this season. On the high side, that’s already 14 roster spots. When you’re looking to fill 27-30 training camp spots, that is not a bare cupboard as a starting point.

So I did some digging and looked around the Western Conference (I don’t look at the East until April) at our buddies. How many players have they announced?

The #PAC6 (yes that’s what I’m calling it)                             The #MichIndColo Division

STOCKTON – 5 INDY (yes, they’re not Indianapolis) – 6
UTAH – 2 FORT WAYNE – 4
IDAHO – 2 EVANSVILLE – 3
ONTARIO – 0 COLORADO – 1
ALASKA – 0 KALAMAZOO – 0

So I would say the Condors are right on track.

Part two of the blog pertains to who will be the next coach in Condorstown? As you heard from @PrezRiles, the interview process is in full swing, a shortlist should be formed imminently, and a head coach will be announced in the next “couple of weeks.”

A little Friday Factoid: the Condors coaching position is the last vacant head coaching position in the three professional hockey leagues that matter.

As previously mentioned in part one of the blog though, recruiting is still ongoing, so everything is moving forward to plan. One of the things the Condors have going for them is that Edmonton Oilers Asst. GM Bill Scott, who is heading up the process, is extremely familiar with the league, having spent time in the league office. So he knows how important a summer is for an ECHL organization.

The next gentleman to lead the Condors will be the sixth head coach in team history. So I thought I’d look at the other five and create a profile of “what a Condors head coach looks like.”

A TYPICAL CONDORS COACH
Age at hire:
36.6 years old [youngest – MacDonald (32) / oldest – Mann (43)]
Nationality:  Canadian (all five coaches have been Canadian. Three from Ontario)
Height: 6’1” [tallest – O’Dette (6’5”) / shortest – Mann (5’10”)]
Playing career: three of the five played in the AHL
Coaching career: three of the five had previous professional head coaching experience

That’s all I have. Enjoy your Fridays.

Until next time Condorstown…

Ryan Holt a.k.a. “Holty” is the voice of the Condors, entering his fourth season in Condorstown. This year will feature his third head coach, fourth equipment manager, and third athletic trainer. He likes to sit three rows back on the drivers’ side of the bus on road trips. Follow him on Twitter (@BroadcastHolt) or shoot him an email.

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Schaber, Pageau return for 2014-15 http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/17949/ http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/17949/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:44:17 +0000 http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/?p=17949 CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that the club has agreed to terms with LW Chase Schaber and D Nick Pageau for the 2014-15 season.
SCHABER “SHAY-ber” - stats
  • 23 years old from Red Deer, Alberta
  • Tied for 3rd in scoring on the 2013-14 Condors with 44 points (18g-26a) in 64 games
  • Scored four goals on April 1, 2014 in Las Vegas; first Condor to do so since Mark Derlago on Feb. 5, 2008
  • Had 10 points (4g-6a) in 16 playoff games last season and has played 27 playoff games over the past two seasons.
I think the biggest thing is everyone in the organization is treated professionally and on board which is huge for preparing for the next level,” Schaber said. “It’s a great place to play and I grew to like the city more and more, especially the further we went. One memory that sticks out is when we went on the hot streak just after Christmas and realized that we could be one of the top teams in the league. I want to take the next step this season.”

PAGEAU
 “pah-ZHOH” - stats
  • 26 years old from Stoney Creek, Ontario
  • Scored his first professional goal on Dec. 18 in Idaho
  • Played 23 games with Bakersfield with 1g-6a before suffering a season-ending injury on Jan. 10 in Ontario
  • Will still be classified as a rookie in 2014-15 (25 games or fewer professionally)
“I really enjoyed the group we had last year and we should have a good amount of returning players which should make for another good year,” Pageau said. “I’m feeling really good, have been skating once a week and working out four times a week with my trainer in town. It’s been since January 10 since I’ve played in a competitive game, so I’m really looking forward to doing that again.”

JUMP BACK ON BOARD AND GET 50 TICKETS TO OPENING NIGHT!!

Had a Condors ticket plan in the past and looking to jump back on board? After the team’s most successful season, the Condors are giving anyone who did not have a ticket plan in 2013-14 (but was a past season ticket holder), 50 tickets to Opening Night, simply by purchasing a full season ticket for the upcoming season. You can even purchase a mini-plan and receive 20 tickets to Opening Night!

 

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Fan send-off for Troy Mann this Thursday http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/fan-send-off-for-troy-mann-this-thursday/ http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/fan-send-off-for-troy-mann-this-thursday/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:51:30 +0000 http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/?p=17946
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, welcome fans to join us in a send-off for departing Head Coach Troy Mann, Thursday, July 17 at 1 p.m. Mann was named head coach of the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League on July 2.

The event will take place in the Tap Room, just off the concourse at Rabobank Arena. Fans are welcome to come out and provide best wishes to the coach who guided the Condors through a successful season on the ice, returning the team to the post-season  and leading them to the Conference Finals.

Team President Matthew Riley will also be on hand Thursday to provide an update on the search for the 6th head coach in Condors history. The Condors will also make their first player announcement of the 2014 off-season at the event. Fans should enter through the blue doors adjacent to the arena box office. The event will last approximately 30 minutes.

For any additional information, please contact the Condors at 324-PUCK (7825).


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Opening night is 95 days away on Oct. 17. Save money off opening weekend box office ticket pricing when you book a group for as few as 10 people. PLUS, suites are available, but will fill fast for opening weekend, and include the ALL-NEW Condors Legends Suite and Oilers Suite. Contact the team’s front office at 324-PUCK (7825) to book your group or suite TODAY!
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Condors host preseason action Oct. 10 vs. Stockton http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/condors-host-preseason-action-oct-10-vs-stockton/ http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/condors-host-preseason-action-oct-10-vs-stockton/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:51:08 +0000 http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/?p=17872
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, announced dates of preseason action as they tune up for the commencement of the 2014-15 season.The Condors will host the Stockton Thunder on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at Rabobank Arena. They travel to Ontario for a 6 p.m. showdown at Citizens Business Bank Arena the following night.
Condors preseason schedule
STK at BAK Fri, Oct 10, 7 p.m.
BAK at ONT Sat, Oct 11, 6 p.m.
The first day ECHL teams are permitted tVsSTK - redo begin training camp is Friday, Oct. 3, with Opening Night slated for Friday, Oct. 17 against the Stockton Thunder. A full training camp schedule will be announced in September.Ticket plans ranging from the Pick-12 through Full season tickets all include the home preseason game, which is the first opportunity to see the 2014-15 team in game action. Contact the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) for information about Condors ticket plans.


OPENING WEEKEND GROUPS AND SUITES!!!! 

Opening night is 102 days away on Oct. 17. Save money off opening weekend box office ticket pricing when you book a group for as few as 10 people. PLUS, suites are available, but will fill fast for opening weekend, and include the ALL-NEW Condors Legends Suite and Oilers Suite. Contact the team’s front office at 324-PUCK (7825) to book your group or suite TODAY!
THE BEST IN FAMILY FUN!!! 
Ticket plans for the most affordable family fun are on sale now. They’re great for businesses as well to increase sales and improve morale around the office! Click here to check out the options with a plan to fit every schedule all while saving up to 20% off box office pricing.

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Holty’s Blog: Thanks Troy http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/holtys-blog-thanks-troy/ http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/holtys-blog-thanks-troy/#respond Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:19:29 +0000 http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/?p=17850 I don’t care that blogs normally come out on Thursdays. When I want to blog, I blog. And today I feel like writing.

Earlier today, Troy Mann left Condorstown for the much sweeter confines of Chocolatetown to become the head coach of the Hershey Bears. See what I did there?

When I found out late last night, one quote popped into my head.

“My goal is to be in the American Hockey League. 5-13-1 is not going to get me there.”

Troy said those words on Dec. 7, 2013 at a chalk talk with season ticket holders after losing the night before in Las Vegas and having a game postponed later that night. He never minced words. From the get go, he made his intentions known. He wanted to prove that he should be an AHL head coach.

Then the team started 1-10-1. But, he never questioned what was put in place when he took the job and was introduced on July 17, 2013. He stuck with it and we’re all better off for it.

He ran this operation like an AHL team in all aspects and never wavered from his standards of expectations.

On the ice, Troy put players in positions to succeed. He didn’t expect perfection, but he expected all hands on deck, committed to the cause. Look no further than Andrew Carroll, who was left for dead in Greenville and revitalized in Bakersfield. Troy knew what he could bring and put him in those situations.

He was hard, but he was fair. I think players respect that the most. Even I respected that. There was no sugarcoating or unnecessary tire pumping. If you were good, he said it. If you were bad, he said that too. There was nobody who was going to go to bat for his team more than him. Game 2 of the Western Conference Semis v. Rich Kromm was an example.

Off the ice, I saw and got to know a guy who was passionate about everything he did. I took great pride in trying to get places to eat on the road that were “conducive for what we’re trying to do Holty.”

He kept things light away from the rink, even though his mind was on last night’s game or the upcoming game. Whether it was joking with Willy (Paul Willett) about his number being retired, joking with an exhausted Murph (Ryan Murphy) to work even harder after being up all night breaking down video, or telling me that he needs his pocket square ironed, we had a blast this season.

Hershey picked the right guy. They probably should have picked him last year. Troy will succeed there and will definitely enjoy getting the AHL per diem on the road!

As far as Condorstown goes, the future has never looked brighter. This is an attractive place to coach, there are players under contract that will be announced in the coming weeks, and the Oilers now have an invested interest in putting someone in place who will continue to grow and develop this team and organization. All is well.

But for now, thanks Troy. Hope our paths cross down the road.

Until next time Condorstown … Have a safe holiday.

Ryan Holt a.k.a. “Holty” is now on his third head coach in four seasons. Maybe it’s his fault? Follow him on Twitter @BroadcastHolt

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