Bakersfield, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors and President Matthew Riley announced today that former Condors defenseman Kevin Barrett will serve as an assistant to head coach Matt O’Dette for the upcoming 2011-12 ECHL season. In addition, John Doolan returns for his sixth season in Bakersfield as the team’s equipment manager while George Bullock, Jr. begins his first campaign with the Condors as athletic trainer.
Barrett enters his first season in the professional coaching ranks, with a team that he spent parts of three seasons playing for. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native played 123 games, primarily on defense, as player/assistant coach of the Fog in 1996-97, and with the Condors in 1998-99 and 1999-00. His 477 penalty minutes between the Fog/Condors ranks 6th all-time in Bakersfield history.
After a junior career that was highlighted by a Memorial Cup Championship with the Swift Current Broncos in 1989, Barrett played three seasons at the University of Manitoba, where he graduated with a psychology degree. He then put together a pro career that spanned seven seasons, from 1993-00. It included stops in Shreveport in the Western Professional Hockey League, Oklahoma City in the Central Hockey League, and Flint and Muskegon in the Colonial Hockey League. In 373 career games, Barrett racked up 47 goals, 149 points and 1,620 minutes in the penalty box. In 1993-94 as a rookie with Muskegon, he cracked the 300-PIM plateau, leading the CoHL in fighting majors and was named the Fury’s Rookie of the Year. He topped the 250-PIM mark four more times in his career.
He has been active in the Bakersfield community as well, founding the annual Condors Fighting Cancer Hockey-Thon in 2004-05, which has since raised over $270,000 in seven seasons. He also spent four seasons, from 2001-02 – 2004-05 as the color commentator on Condors radio and television broadcasts, while being active on the local youth hockey scene in Bakersfield as well as Winnipeg.
Doolan enters his 39th season of professional hockey in 2011-12. He will work his 2,800th game professionally when the Condors host the Idaho Steelheads on November 10th. His career has included stops in the American Hockey League with the San Antonio Rampage (2002-2005), the United Hockey League’s Quad City Mallards (2000-2002), and the International Hockey League’s Kansas City Blades (1996-2000). Prior to that, Doolan worked over 1,500 games in the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders (1990-1996) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (1973-1985). In 2006-07, Doolan was chosen to represent the Condors at the ECHL All-Star Game and was selected as an equipment manager for the 1996 NHL All-Star Game.A new edition to the Condors staff in 2011-12, Bullock serves as the team’s athletic trainer and enters his 17th season in professional hockey. Bullock is employed by Terrio Therapy-Fitness, the official physical therapist of the Condors. He has worked over 1,000 games in his career and most recently worked for the 2010-11 Central Hockey League President’s Cup Champion Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. His work with the Mudbugs earned him the Athletic Trainer of the Year award in 2010-11. This season, his duties with the Condors will include overseeing all the medical needs of the Condors, both on and off the ice. Bullock received his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and his Master’s in Sport Injury Prevention & Management at Springfield College in Massachusetts.
MEDICAL STAFF ANNOUNCED
The organization is also pleased to announce the team’s medical staff for the 2011-12 season.ORTHOPEDIST- Christopher Hamilton, M.D., Southern California Orthopedic Institute – has worked with the Condors every season in team history, located at 2400 Bahamas Drive, oversees orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery
PHYSICIAN– Emmanuel Strategos, M.D., Strategos Medical Group – 13th season with the Condors, member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, located at 9330 Stockdale Hwy
DENTIST– Bruce Rimmer, D.M.D. – Dr. Rimmer has worked with the Condors every year since their inception and also worked with the Fog, located at 201 New Stine Rd
CHIROPRACTOR– Jeffrey D. Haynes, D.C., Haynes Chiropractic – entering 13th season with the Condors, specializing in sports injuries, workers compensation and personal injury, located at 3865 Stockdale Hwy
OPTHAMOLOGIST– David B. Hair, M.D., Bakersfield Eye Institute – entering 4th season with the Condors, services include eye exams, cataract surgery, cornea transplants and surgeries, LASIK, glaucoma testing and treatment, diabetic eye care and more, located at 7508 Meany Avenue
RADIOLOGIST– Kern Radiology – Full-service radiology center specializing in MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and diagnostic X-ray, their medical staff consists of 10 board-certified radiologists, located at 2301 Bahamas Drive
HOSPITALS – Entering their fourth season with the Condors, Mercy and Memorial Hospitals will serve as the team’s official hospitals, and as a presenting sponsor
PHARMACY – The Condors official supplier of pharmaceutical supplies is El Tejon Pharmacy, in their third season with the team, located at 2819 N. Chester Ave
PHYSICAL THERAPY – In addition to supplying the Condors with their athletic trainer for the season, Terrio Therapy-Fitness is the official physical therapy center for the Condors, helping rehabilitate injured players back to health
“We have such a loyal and dedicated group of doctors and specialists watching over our team,” said Condors President Matthew Riley. “Several of these folks have been with us as long as the Condors have been in existence, and we have great trust in their expertise in handling our players. We appreciate all the work that they’ve done throughout the years, and encourage our fans to trust them for their health needs as well.”
The Condors home opener is just 30 days away, when the ECHL’s brand new team, the Colorado Eagles, come to town on Saturday, Oct. 15. Game time is 7 p.m. Stay tuned as well for details regarding the Party on the Plaza, presented by the Bakersfield Downtown Business Association, prior to Opening Night’s contest. Ticket packages for the 2011-12 season are now on sale, starting at just $48. The Condors will battle the rival Stockton Thunder in Bakersfield in preseason action on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Visit www.BakersfieldCondors.com or call 324-PUCK(7825) for more information.
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