In this 20th Anniversary season, from 1998 through 2018 and through three different leagues, we take a look back at all the players who have worn the #20 in Condorstown.
1998-99 Jamie Cooke
It’s a little remembered fact that Condors Legend Jamie Cooke donned the #20 sweater in his first season in Condorstown. He made the switch to his iconic #28 the following season and the rest is history.
2000-01 John Freeman, Peter MacKeller
A pair of right wings shared the #20 in 2000-01. John Freeman had 46 penalty minutes and a handful of fighting majors in just eight games, while Peter MacKeller put up eight goals and 13 points in 30 games.
2001-02 Peter Brearley
Hulking winger Peter Brearley was the next player to take the #20 sweater through a full campaign. He finished 5th on the team with 38 points in 65 games and scored 14 goals, including a pair of game winners.
2002-03 Jimmy Drolet
A smooth skating d-man, Drolet did not last the whole season, but he made his mark posting 18 points in 29 games. He eventually left for an opportunity in Europe, though he returned for the 2003-04 campaign, albeit wearing #24.
2004-05 Ryan Coole
The Condors team captain in 2004-05, Coole made the #20 sweater come to rest in the penalty box more than any of his predecessors. Though he missed some time to injury, the physical d-man amassed 144 penalty minutes (along with three points) in just 46 games.
2005-08 Scotty Balan
Popular Condors blueliner Scotty Balan wore the #20 for 158 of his 218 games in Condorstown, including his debut season in 2005-06, when he posted a career-best 29 points. He also served 321 of his 423 Condors penalty minutes while wearing #20. Balan switched to #7 for the 2008-09 campaign.
2008-09 Charlie Kronschnabel, Danny LaPointe
Two players shared the #20 in 2008-09, starting with center Charlie Kronschnabel. He put up eight points in 27 games, but skated mostly with the Iowa Chops in the AHL that season. He gave the #20 to Danny LaPointe, a second-year center who was acquired from Dayton in mid-season, and put up nine points in 24 games. He also appeared in all seven playoff matches.
2009-10 Matthew Myers, Jason Dale, Dan Kissel
Three different players wore #20 during the 2009-10 season, starting with English League superstar Matthew Myers, who couldn’t secure a permanent spot in the lineup early in the season with a stacked Condors roster. Rookie Dan Kissel threw the #20 sweater on after coming out of Notre Dame, and potted seven goals in just 11 games down the stretch. In between, rookie Jason Dale wore it for 17 games. Kissel later starred for the Alaska Aces, scoring 35 goals in 2011-12.
2010-11 Rylan Kaip
On an AHL contract with the Houston Aeros, through the Minnesota Wild affiliation, Rylan Kaip was a contributor when he played, though injuries limited him to just 17 games (during which he had 8 goals).
2011-12 Alain Goulet, Scott Enders
Offensive d-man Alain Goulet started out hot for the Condors in 2011-12, but a mid-season trade to Cincinnati made the #20 available when rookie blueliner Scott Enders briefly wore it. He joined the Condors on a late-season try out when he wrapped up his college career in Fairbanks, and like the #20 – and Bakersfield – so much, he kept it the following season.
2012-13 Scott Enders
Enders kept the #20 sweater for the entirety of his full rookie season, where he posted one goal, 10 points and 72 penalty minutes in 66 games.
2013-14 Tyler Brenner, Ryan Little
Winger Tyler Brenner had been traded from the Condors the season before, but chose to re-sign with the team during the 2013 off-season. His stay didn’t last too long, however, as he struggled through 15 games to find his offensive touch. Ryan Little made the most of his one-season pro career, posting 21 points in 50 games while wearing the #20. He also appeared in 16 playoff games as the Condors reached the conference finals.
2014-15 Brendon Nash
Cornell grad Brendon Nash spent three seasons patrolling AHL bluelines before donning the #20 in Bakersfield in 2014-15. His 24 points ranked 2nd among Condors d-men, and his 82 penalty minutes was 2nd among all Condors.
2015-16 Zack Kassian, Luke Gazdic
A pair of NHL veterans wore the #20 for the Condors debut season in the AHL. Kassian came straight to Bakersfield after the Oilers picked him up in a December deal with Montreal, though he skated in only seven games. Luke Gazdic only played 11 games before he was sent to New Jersey later that season.
2016-17 Kellan Lain, Mark Fayne
AHL veteran winger Kellan Lain was inked to a Pro Try-Out early in the 2016-17 season, though he skated in only two contests. NHL veteran blueliner Mark Fayne then took over the #20 and wore it in 39 games with the Condors, including the Condorstown Outdoor Classic. Fayne played briefly for the Condors in 2015-16 and 2017-18 as well, but wore the #5 sweater in both other campaigns.
2017-18 Ryan Mantha
In this 20th anniversary season, rookie d-man Ryan Mantha dons the #20. Thought he has missed time this season to injury, his 10 points through 41 games has been a solid contribution.