CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors announced today that Head Coach Matt O’Dette will return as the team’s head coach and director of hockey operations for the 2012-13 season. It will be O’Dette’s second season as a head coach.
After a slow start during the first half of the season, the rookie head coach shuffled his roster and saw the team thrive down the stretch with a 13-7-0-2 record for .636 win percentage since February 8th. They have averaged four goals per game and have had one of the top power plays in the league over the stretch. In their final 14 road games of the season, the team went an impressive 9-4-0-1.
Current captain and rookie LW Peter Boyd was acquired during the first week of the campaign and is third on the team in scoring with 37 points (16g-21a). The team’s top two leading scorers, RW Tyler Helfrich (17g-31a-48pts) and C Robby Dee (23g-22a-45pts), are currently sixth and tenth among ECHL rookies in that department respectively. Another key player on the club down the stretch is highlight-reel sensation F Evan Trupp, who has averaged nearly a point-per-game since being acquired via trade. The Condors had three ECHL Player of the Week winners during the second half of the season, one shy of the Condors record.
O’Dette, 36, has stockpiled young talent during his tenure with the Condors as 14 players on the team’s roster are rookies, including seven of the top nine scorers, and only three players have more than four years experience.
On Wednesday, the team opens up a three-game home stand to finish the season, hosting the Alaska Aces for Blood Drive Night, sponsored by My 45 and KUZZ 107.9. Those who donate blood at Houchin Blood Bank during the month of March can get in to this game for just $1. Doors open at 6 p.m., the puck drops at 7.
Season ticket renewals are underway, offering fans a chance to purchase $1 sodas the rest of the season with a commemorative season ticket holder cup. The sooner you renew, the more you save! For more info, log on to www.bakersfieldcondors.com.