Condors ink d-man Goulet, physical winger McKenzie and SoCal native Stanfield
Bakersfield, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors added three players to the 2011-12 roster today, signing D Alain Goulet, RW Ian McKenzie and rookie F Parker Stanfield.
Goulet, who turns 23 next week, is entering his third professional season after splitting his pro career thus far between the ECHL and American Hockey League. He posted 18 points (4g-14a) in 43 games with the Reading Royals in the ECHL, and had eight points (2g-6a) in just 16 AHL games with the Providence Bruins. He spent his entire rookie season with the “P-Bruins” in 2009-10, scoring 18 points (3g-15a) in 71 games, leading all rookie defensemen on the club. The 6-3, 200-pound blueliner split his amateur career between the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Gatineau Olympiques in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Though he was with Gatineau for only 32 games in 2008-09, he led all defensemen in goals with 16 and averaged over a point per game (35 points in 32 contests).
McKenzie, 24, is already entering his fourth professional season, with 119 ECHL games and 52 AHL games under his belt. The 6-5, 235-pound right wing skated primarily with the Gwinnett Gladiators last season, recording 13 points (4g-9a) in 55 games, while also playing briefly with the Chicago Wolves (AHL). His first two pro seasons were spent between the Cincinnati Cyclones, where he won a Kelly Cup along with new Condor Hans Benson in 2009-10, and the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL.
Stanfield, 21, hails from Anaheim Hills, played most of last season with the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. He recorded 12 goals and 30 points during his overage year, capping a four-year career in the WHL. In 272 games, he notched 58 goals and 130 points, with 248 penalty minutes.
What O’Dette says:
“Goulet is a guy we’re extremely excited to have. He’s an offensive minded defenseman who has considerable time in the American Hockey League. He’s a power play-type defenseman, a big body that can move the puck, and has a cannon of a shot. (McKenzie) is a monster. You don’t see guys his size with that type of skating ability. He’s a menace on the forecheck and he’s got great hands around the net. And we’re excited to get a California kid in the fold. He’s got a lot of offensive upside; he skates real well and can shoot the puck. And he also doesn’t mind mixing it up, and we like those kind of guys.”
The Condors now have 12 players on the roster, with today’s trio joining Erik Burgdoerfer and Jimmy Martin on defense, and forwards Hans Benson, Keegan Dansereau, Michal Gergen, Michael Gurtler, Kevin Lohry, Mathew Sisca and Jason Williams.
The Condors home opener is just 32 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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