HOLTY’S BLOG: BOYD

Welcome back Peter Boyd! Well … not quite.

The Condors flipped the rights to Joel Broda in exchange for Boyd’s rights. Broda signed an AHL deal earlier this week with South Carolina’s AHL affiliate in Hershey.

This does not mean Peter Boyd is back on the roster, since he did not sign a contract with South Carolina prior to the trade. Bakersfield will have to sign him. Essentially, it’s time to recruit him back to Condorstown.

Let’s look at some fun facts surrounding Boyd and Condorstown. We only live in facts in this blog, because as I’ll remind you, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want … As long as it is factual.

#1: Boyd was originally cut in training camp as a rookie in Greenville. He was en route home to the cranberry bogs of Cambridge-Narrows, New Brunswick when he got a phone call from former Condors Head Coach Matt O’Dette. O’Dette was in line with the rest of the 2011 Condors at Magic Mountain on a team building trip. Boyd “banged a Louie” (@KevinBartl talk) in Virginia and headed west. Thus beginning his roller coaster ride in Bakersfield. See what I did there?

#2: There are only EIGHT staff members in all of Condorstown remaining from when Boyd left in 2013 AND two of those eight, left for other jobs and have since returned!

#3: The Condors are now owned and affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers. That was not the case during Boyd’s tenure.

#4: Boyd wore two different numbers in Bakersfield. 10 and 14.

#5: Can you name the two players that Boyd was traded to SoCo for? … If you guessed Phil Mangan and Art Bidlevskii, you would be correct.

Boyd wants to win, is a great team guy, and comes to work each and every night. I, for one, would like to see him back. Broda was never coming back to Bakersfield, so to get a guy like Boyd for that right now has very good upside.

The organization is different now too. There is more support, more eyes watching players from the AHL-NHL level, and a larger staff able to assist in player development.

Hey, worst-case scenario, the Condors have rights to a point-per-game guy in the ECHL. That’s valuable.

In other news:
Denver and Arizona ceased operations in the Central Hockey League.

Laurent Brossoit is in Toronto representing the Oilers at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase.

I’m going to call football this fall on Bakersfield.com for BVarsity Live. It’s going to be great with three different games live every Friday PLUS a call-in studio show. You should watch. I’m in Wasco next week for Wasco v. North.

Until next time #Condorstown…

Ryan Holt a.k.a. “Holty” enters his fourth season with the team in 2014-15. He has never watched an episode of The Simpsons. Follow him on Twitter @BroadcastHolt for more nonsense.

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