Front Office

Daryl Katz – Owner, Rexall Sports Corp.

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Born and raised in Edmonton, Daryl Katz grew up a passionate Oilers fan.  He has a deep connection with the team’s rich history and is focused on creating the foundation for a winning tradition and bringing the Stanley Cup back to the City of Champions.

Daryl has given his enthusiastic support to Oilers’ G.M. Craig MacTavish’s strategy, including the addition of Dallas Eakins as Coach and changes throughout the Oilers’ scouting and hockey ops ranks, and is thrilled to see the team coalescing around a new generation of leaders, including such dynamic young talents as Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Justin Schultz, and Nail Yakupov.  He is excited by the team’s recent additions and believes the Oilers are poised to take the next step forward in the current season.

Away from the ice, Daryl has committed significant time, energy and capital working with the City of Edmonton on a vision for the Edmonton Arena District. This transformative project envisions the redevelopment of acres of surface parking lots in the heart of our downtown into a vibrant, walkable and sustainable sports and entertainment district. The new arena will drive the revitalization of our urban core, enhance the city’s global competitiveness and provide for the long term sustainability of the Oilers in Edmonton.  The vision for the District includes a new state of the art arena and entertainment facility which will be home to the Oilers, provide world class amenities and unrivaled fan experiences.

Daryl graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law in 1985. In 1990, he founded the Katz Group, which is now one of Canada’s largest privately owned companies, with more than 8,600 employees.

In October 2007, Mr. Katz was named a member of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation’s inaugural board of directors. AIMCO is one of the largest and most sophisticated investment managers in the country, with more than $70 billion in assets held in a number of funds invested globally.

With a wide range of charitable activities, Mr. Katz is recognized as a leading philanthropist in Edmonton and beyond.  In 2003, he was appointed to the Premier’s Council of Alberta’s Promise, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Alberta’s children and youth.  He is also a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and was Co-Chair of the University of Alberta’s “Campaign 2008” – the largest fund raising campaign in the university’s history.

Daryl has great passion for his home town and its beloved Oilers, and great determination to contribute to the greater success of both.

Matthew Riley – President

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Riley (website)Riley, 47, is responsible for the growth and development of KG (US) Oilers Corp. and the Bakersfield Condors. Riley is the vice chairman for the ECHL Board of Governors Executive Committee, and also serves on various other league committees.  Under his guidance, the Condors have attracted more than 200,000 fans in 12 of their 16 years of existence and welcomed their 3 millionth fan in 2012-13.

He was instrumental in negotiations in the January 2014 purchase of the Condors by the Edmonton Oilers.

Riley is one of only two, 2-time winners of the ECHL Executive of the Year (2006-07, 2013-14) Award and has been runner-up on several occasions. Riley captured the WCHL Executive of the Year during his second season in 1999-2000, and the Condors won ten WCHL awards in five seasons under his leadership. In 2001, his title was expanded to include President. During the summer of 2002, Riley was named the Acting Commissioner of the West Coast Hockey League, and he played a large role in the transition to the ECHL as well as closing down WCHL operations.

The Condors have won 15 ECHL front office awards in the last ten seasons (the most in the ECHL), including the 2014 ECHL Award of Excellence in Marketing. The Condors have raised over $5 million for charitable organizations in Kern County during the last 16+ years. Riley also played an integral role in the start up of the Las Vegas Wranglers in the ECHL.

Riley joined the organization late in 1997, when they were named the Bakersfield Fog, to execute the transition from the Bakersfield Convention Center to Bakersfield Centennial Garden (now known as Rabobank Arena). He took charge of the Condors in July of 1998, and in his first season at the helm, the Condors were named the West Coast Hockey League Organization of the Year.

The Keokuk, Iowa, native previously served as the Executive Director of the Mobile (AL) BayBears Baseball Club, the class-AA Southern League affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and was integral in the construction of Hank Aaron Stadium, their home park. During their inaugural season in 1997, the BayBears led the Southern League in attendance. He also served as General Manager with the Mobile BaySharks Baseball Club, Assistant General Manager of the Chattanooga (TN) Lookouts (Southern League) and interned for the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Club. Riley is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in communications. He earned a master’s degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.

Riley is very active Bakersfield’s youth hockey and baseball programs. He and his wife, Teri, reside in Bakersfield with their son, Landon.

Favorite Condors of All-Time:  Paul Rosebush, Sean Venedam

Favorite Condors Moment:  Mikella McAuley Jersey Auction

Most Inspirational Athlete:  Jackie Robinson

Most Inspirational Coaches: John Wooden, Vince Lombardi

Most Admired Leader: Abraham Lincoln

Favorite Movies: Field of Dreams, Caddyshack, Miracle, The Sandlot, The Blind Side

Favorite Bands:  Beatles, AC/DC, KISS

Favorite Book: They Don’t Play Hockey in Heaven by Ken Baker

Favorite Song:  Condorstruck (Condors Opening Lineup song)

Favorite Quotes: “You may be disappointed if you don’t reach your goals, but you’re doomed if you never try.”
“Do the right things long enough, consistently, and success will follow.”
“Individual commitment to a group effort; that is what makes a team or company work.”
“You cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening your own.”

Matthew Riley can be contacted at mattr@bakersfieldcondors.com

Kevin Bartl – VP Communications

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Bartl2013Kevin, 40, is in his 12th season with the Condors and oversees the communications department. He was awarded the 2012-13 ECHL Award of Excellence in Media Relations

The Rochester, NY, native first served as Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations with the Condors from 2001-2005, and with the Bakersfield Blitz in 2004 and 2005. He then spent two seasons in the American Hockey League with Lowell as Director of Media and Team Services prior to returning to Bakersfield. Kevin worked from 1999-2001 with the Rockford IceHogs, and also served terms with the Rochester Americans (AHL) and the Batavia Muckdogs (NY-Penn League baseball) before realizing his Manifest Destiny and moving to the Republic of California.

He was named Broadcaster of the Year twice – in 2000-01 with Rockford of the United Hockey League, and in 2002-03 with the Condors in the West Coast Hockey League, and also served as the television broadcaster for the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic. Kevin is the Chairman of the Board with the Downtown Business Association. He resides in Bakersfield with his wife, Amanda, and son, Jack.

Favorite Soccer Team: Bayern Munich (Germany)

Favorite NFL Teams: Niners, Browns

Favorite Movies: Caddyshack, 2001, Slap Shot, The Big Lebowski, Star Wars, Jaws, Ghostbusters, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Favorite Musicians: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Clutch, the Doors

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Defunct WHA Team: Los Angeles Sharks

Favorite Planet: Saturn

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: Golden Grahams, Cap’n Crunch Crunch Berries, Honeycombs

Favorite Cartoon Character: Captain Caveman

Favorite book: Listen, little man by Wilhelm Reich

Kevin can be reached at kbartl@bakersfieldcondors.com

Justin Fahsbender – VP Operations

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Fahsbender2010-11Justin, 34, a Bakersfield native began his career with the Condors during the 2002-03 season as a press box assistant. After a couple 1 year sabbaticals, Justin is now entering his 11th season overall with the organization. During the 2009-10 season, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations, in which he is responsible for overseeing day to day operations of the front office.

Justin graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management from Cal State Bakersfield. He currently resides in Bakersfield with his wife Leina and two kids, Oliver and Atta Kay.

Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite MLB Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite NFL Team: Chicago Bears
Favorite Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Favorite Dish: Smoked salmon on a bed of white rice
Biggest Pet Peeve: People slurping coffee from a spoon

Justin can be reached at fahsbender@bakersfieldcondors.com

Jose Rivera – VP Ticket Sales & Services

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Rivera2013Jose, 35, joined the Condors in September of 1999 and is in his 14th season with the organization. In June 2009 he was promoted to Vice President of Ticket Sales, and he is responsible for the daily operation and development of the sales staff, including sales training and motivation. In addition to selling season ticket packages, Jose is also in charge of ticket services for our bilingual fans.

Before joining the Condors, Jose worked for Texaco North American Production Kern River Field, assisting with various production and drilling aspects. Since being appointed Director of Ticket Sales in July of 2004, the Condors were named ECHL Ticket Department of the Year in 2004-2005, and had Co-Ticket Executives of the Year in 2006-07. Rivera was also voted by his peers to be the recipient of the ECHL Ticket Executive of the Year for the 2013-14 season.

The Bakersfield native graduated from Arvin High School and attended Bakersfield College. Jose is active in the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Jose resides in Bakersfield with his son Joseph.

Favorite NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings

Favorite NBA Team: Chicago Bulls

Favorite College Football Team: Notre Dame

Favorite College Basketball Team: Duke

Favorite TV Shows: Tosh.O, SportsCenter, Bar Rescue, Mad Men, The Colbert Report

Favorite Movies: The Bourne Identity Trilogy, Crash, The Green Mile, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Rudy, & Tommy Boy

Favorite Food: Italian

Hobbies: Traveling with my son, playing basketball, golf, softball…I’m game for anything, I enjoy staying active.

Jose Rivera can be contacted at rivera@bakersfieldcondors.com

Rachel Anderson – Community Relations & Finance Assistant

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Rachel-websiteRachel started with the Condors in October 2013, after a two day drive form Denver, Colorado. She works for the community relations department going around Bakersfield with everyone’s favorite mascots and players.

She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Management. Rachel got her start in sports dancing on dugouts as a promotions intern for the Tucson Padres. Rachel is a retired soccer player, for now.

Favorite NHL Team: Colorado Avalanche

Favorite NBA Team: Denver Nuggets

Favorite NFL Team: Denver Broncos

Favorite MLB Team: Colorado Rockies

Favorite College Team: Arizona (BEAR DOWN!!)

Favorite Movies: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Field of Dreams, Bull Durham

Favorite Books: Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice, Shoeless Joe, and Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Nickname: If you must, call me Rae not Rach

Random fact: I’ve been surfing more times than I’ve been skiing/snowboarding

Rachel Anderson can be contacted at RachelA@bakersfieldcondors.com

Andrew Boydston- Account Manager

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Boydston2013Boydston, 25, is a Kern County native born in the town of Taft. He graduated from Taft Union High School from which he moved on to Fresno to attend California State University, Fresno and pursued a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism while interning for 1430 ESPN in Fresno. Andrew graduated a degree in Mass Communications and Journalism with a Broadcast emphasis in May, 2012. He then moved back to Kern County where he joined the Condors in August of 2012. He is responsible for the sale and service of ticket plans.

Growing up Andrew had an affinity for sports and could name NFL teams just by being shown their helmet at the age of three. He watches ESPN religiously and enjoys everthing sports has to offer. Andrew’s other passion is performing stand up comedy and making others laugh in his spare time, which he has had a career of almost three and a half years.

Favorite NHL Team: Anaheim Ducks
Favorite NBA Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Favorite NFL Team: Indianapolis Colts, and San Francisco 49ers
Favorite College Team: Michigan and Fresno State
Favorite Movies: Van Wilder and The Avengers
Favorite Breakfast cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Reeses Puffs
Hobbies: Writing, watching sports, playing video games, hanging out with friends and making people laugh

Andrew can be contacted at aboydston@bakersfieldcondors.com

Kelley Brown – Game Day Experience Manager and Merchandise

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Kelley Brown HeadshotKelley Brown, better known as “Moose”, is in her 8th season with the Condors. For the first seven years with the Condors, Kelley worked in the front merchandise stand. Following her seventh year working in the merchandise stand, she moved into the front office to take over as Game Day Experience Manager and Merchandise.

A Bakersfield native, Kelley moved to the East Coast (New Jersey) for five years for her husband’s job, and returned to Bakersfield in 2004. Kelley was a foster parent for several years for Kern County and is now a part of the P.R.I.D.E. Program through BC College, which orientates new foster parents.

Kelley is married and has 6 kids, ranging in age from 2-25 years old. Between homeschooling, playing hockey, taking her kids to gymnastics, and working at the Condors, there is never a dull moment in her house.

Favorite TV Shows: The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
Favorite NHL Team: NY Rangers
Favorite Food: Anything I don’t have to cook!
Favorite Pastime: Camping with Family
Favorite Movie: Talladega Nights

Kelley can be contacted at kbrown@bakersfieldcondors.com

Kelly Carter – Finance Manager

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Carter2013Kelly, 27, joined the Condors in September 2012 and is responsible for the front office and team’s finances.

Originally from San Jose, Calif. Carter graduated in 2012 from Cal State- Bakersfield with a degree in Business Management. She previously worked for CSUB as an administrative assistant for business and public administration.

Favorite NHL: San Jose Sharks
Favorite NFL: New England Patriots
Favorite MLB: Oakland Athletics
Favorite college team: USC
Favorite food: Sushi

Kelly can be contacted at kcarter@bakersfieldcondors.com

Ashleigh Cox – Director, Creative Services

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Cox2013Ashleigh, 25, joined the Condors in July 2012. Ashleigh is responsible for all things creative, including print advertising, publications, posters and the team’s graphic design.

A Bakersfield native, Ashleigh moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University, and in 2010 she received her BA degree in Graphic Design. While at SDSU, she interned with the SDSU Research Foundation Move Program, and after graduation worked for Skinit. Ashleigh resides in Bakersfield with her boyfriend Jacob.

Favorite NHL Team: Los Angeles Kings

Favorite MLB Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Favorite NFL Team:  New England Patriots

Favorite College Team: San Diego State Aztecs

Favorite Vacations: Cruise to Alaska, Mammoth Lakes every summer

Favorite Food: Italian and Sushi

Hobbies: Hiking, Softball, Movies, Pinterest, Hanging out with Family

Favorite Quote: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -Leonardo da Vinci

Ashleigh Cox can be contacted at acox@bakersfieldcondors.com

Andrew Crutcher – Director of Operations and Development

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Crutcher-websiteAndrew, 26, is in his eighth season with the Condors. He worked from 2006-2012, mainly running the merchandise department. After a short stint away, he rejoined the front office in November 2013 as the Director of Operations and Development. Andrew oversees the merchandise department and assists in game operations, among many other duties.

A 2010 graduate of California State University-Bakersfield, Andrew has lived in Bakersfield for the last 19 years. He has played hockey since the age of six and has been addicted ever since.

Favorite NHL Team: LA Kings

Favorite MLB Team: LA Dodgers

Favorite NFL Team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite NHL Player: Jaromir Jagr

Favorite Condor Player: Sean Venedam

Hobbies: Playing hockey, church, volunteering, spending time with family, anything outdoors… living life to the fullest!

Andrew Crutcher can be contacted at crutcher@bakersfieldcondors.com

Dione Gilmore – Director of Business Development

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DeeDione Gilmore, better known as Dee, is a loyal sports fan who has worked with professional teams and athletes in the NHL and NFL for 10+ years. Dee broke into the sports industry after obtaining her M.S. in Public Relations and Communications from NTSU.

Dee joined the Condors front office in June, 2014 as the Director of Business Development, and resides in Bakersfield with her husband Bill. In her spare time she enjoys spending it with family and friends, watching sports and visiting new places (especially if they’re said to be haunted).

Favorite NHL Team: Nashville Predators / Minnesota Wild

Favorite NFL Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Favorite MLB Team: Cincinnati Reds / Detroit Tigers

Favorite Sports: Hockey & Football

Favorite College Team: Ohio State Buckeyes

Favorite Players: Peter Forsberg & Earl Campbell

Favorite Coaches: Jim Mora & Urban Meyer

Favorite Quote: “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

Dione Gilmore can be contacted at Dgilmore@bakersfieldcondors.com

Jay Hamann – Community Relations and Fundraising Manager

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JayJay Hamann, 26, joined the Condors at the end of the 2013-14 season as the Community Relations and Fundraising Manager. Born in Portland, Oregon, Jay grew up among the forests of the Pacific Northwest and developed a love of camping, hiking, fishing, and yes, rain. He’s a staunch fan of the Portland Trailblazers NBA team, and the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. He played football throughout high school on the offensive line.

Hamann attended Brigham Young University Idaho, where he graduated with a bachelor’s in business management with an emphasis in marketing. It was there where he met his wife, Erin. They got married in Los Angeles, and had their first chioled, Ellie Hamann, here in Bakersfield.

Favorite Movies: Star Wars, The Avengers, and The Lord of the Rings

Favorite Super Hero: HULK

Favorite Cereal: Golden Grahams

Favorite MLB Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Favorite College Team: Oregon Ducks

Favorite Food: BBQ, chicken wings

Favorite Book: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jay Hamann can be contacted at jayh@bakersfieldcondors.com

Ryan Holt – Director, Media Relations and Broadcasting

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Holt2013Holt, 26, is in his fourth season with the Condors. He is the play-by-play voice for all Condors games, handles all matters of the media relations department, and video content for Condors.TV. He received the 2012-13 ECHL Award of Excellence in Media Relations.

The North Weymouth, MA native previously worked in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Corpus Christi IceRays and while in college, was a public relations assistant in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Worcester Sharks.

Holt received his Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts Degree with a major in Political Science from Holy Cross in 2010.  While in Worcester, MA, he was the president of the student radio station and broadcasted hockey, football, and basketball for the Crusaders.

Favorite Throwback NHL Jersey: California Golden Seals (Green)

Favorite NHL player: Cam Neely

Favorite TV Show: Boardwalk Empire

Favorite Cereal: Frosted Flakes

Favorite Food: Clam Chowder

One place you would like to visit: Ireland

Contact Ryan at rholt@bakersfieldcondors.com

Greg Lowe – Director of Tickets and Sponsorships

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Lowe2013Greg, 32, joined the Bakersfield Condors  in May 2005 from Iowa State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. The ECHL tabbed him Co-Ticket Executive of the Year in 2006-07, and he was also feted as the Condors Salesperson of the Year for 2005-06 and 2006-07.

In June 2009, Greg was promoted to Director of Corporate Partnerships, handling corporate accounts, ticket packages and group ticket sales.

Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks

Favorite MLB Team: Chicago Cubs

Favorite NBA Team: Chicago Bulls

Favorite NFL Team: Chicago Bears

Favorite College Team: Iowa Hawkeyes

Favorite TV Shows: Duck Dynasty, Swamp People, Barter Kings, Rules of Engagement

Favorite Food: Chicken Caesar Salad, sushi

Hobbies: Playing golf, biking, working out, traveling, lounging by the pool

Greg Lowe can be contacted at glowe@bakersfieldcondors.com

Roger Parsons – Account Manager

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Parsons2013Parsons, 26, joined the Bakersfield Condors in July 2013 as an Account Manager, tasked with ticket sales and renewals.
Born and raised in San Diego, Parsons is a huge San Diego Sports fan, showing unrelenting support for his Chargers and Padres. Prior to coming to the Condors, Parsons attended CSUB where he worked as a ticket sales intern before graduating with his degree in Business Management.

Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Teams: San Diego Chargers & Padres, Lakers, Notre Dame, San Diego State
Favorite Movies: Casino, Oceans trilogy, National Lampoons, Hangover, James Bonds series
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, playing golf, relaxing, skiing, going to any sporting event, floating down the river, and watching TV
Favorite TV Shows: Any reality show

Roger can be reached at rparsons@bakersfieldcondors.com

Nick Finocchiaro – Operations Intern

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Finocchiaro2013Nick, 20, joined the Condors in September 2012 as an intern and assists in game operations.

The Bakersfield native graduated from Garces Memorial High School in 2012 and currently attends California State University, Bakersfield where he is pursuing a degree in business administration.

Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks

Favorite NBA Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Favorite NFL Team: Any team playing the Raiders

Favorite Movies: Stepbrothers, The Big Lebowski

Favorite Food: Italian

Favorite Song: Ice Ice Baby

Nick can be contacted at nfinocchiaro@bakersfieldcondors.com

Steven Gaede – Communications Intern

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GaedeSteven, 21, joined the Condors in September 2012 as a communications intern and assists with general duties of the communications department and the front office.

He currently attends California State University, Bakersfield where he was the sports editor of the school’s newspaper, The Runner. He graduated from Stockdale High School previously.

Favorite NFL team: Miami Dolphins
Favorite MLB team: LA Dodgers
Favorite type of music: Classic Rock
Nickname: Churro

Steven can be contacted at sgaede@bakersfieldcondors.com

Tori Gee – Front Office Assistant

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Tori Gee - Website PhotoTori, 19, is in her third season with the Condors. She started as a promo team member and has moved her way up to the front office as a Front Office Assistant. She continues to work as a promo team member at games. While in the office, she helps the full time staff with numerous projects such as lead development and office organization.

Tori graduated from Independence High School in 2013 and is now attending Bakersfield College where she is pursuing a degree in liberal studies. She is a certified teacher assistant and has over 600 volunteer hours in preschools, and elementary school classrooms. She loves picking kids to be contestants for on ice activities.

Favorite artist: Tim McGraw

Favorite music type: Country

Favorite food: Cheeseburgers

Favorite movie: The Blind Side

Favorite Tv Show: Duck Dynasty

Tori can be contacted at ToriG@bakersfieldcondors.com

Support Staff

 

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Team Photographer Mark Nessia
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Public Address Announcer Mike Hart
Medical Staff Emmanuel Strategos, M.D. Physician
Christopher Hamilton, M.D. Orthopedist
Bruce Rimmer D.M.D. Dentist
Jeffrey D. Haynes, D.C. Chiropractor
David B. Hair, M.D. Opthamologist
Central Valley Physical Therapy
Mercy & Memorial Hospitals
Kern Radiology
Off-Ice Officials Jim Bennett
Jeremy Brehmer
Alex Edillor
Jamison Faure
Ron Hughes
Craig Irish
Lucky Joseph
Loren Krege
Lenny Kushman
Kaitlyn Kushman
Paul Martel
Mac McDermott
Scott McNitt
Mark Moyes
Tom Olejnik
Jay Popoy
Jerry Popoy
Robert Reed
Jim Skiba
Laura Skiba
Billy Stewart
Don Stidman
Jeremiah Ward
Tim Wheeler
Ted Williams
BK Wood
Jeff Vontz
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