CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors have announced that they will serve as the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Edmonton Oilers for the 2013-14 season.
“We are very pleased to welcome the Bakersfield Condors into the Edmonton Oilers family and look forward to working with General Manager John Olver and his staff as we continue to develop our players and prepare them for the National Hockey League,” said Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish.
The agreement is anticipated to bring several prospects to Condorstown to continue their development. Edmonton’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate is the Oklahoma City Barons.
Edmonton becomes the third NHL affiliate in Condors history after previous affiliations with Anaheim (2008-10) and Minnesota (2010-11). The Condors have won two Pacific Division titles when affiliated with an NHL team and have had 10 players advance to the NHL ranks. Playing off the name, Bakersfield’s first local hockey team was named the Bakersfield Oilers, who began play in 1940 and were reborn in 1994-95, paving the way for the birth of the Condors.
“This is an exciting day for Condorstown and the City of Bakersfield deserves an affiliation of this caliber,” said Condors General Manager John Olver. “The Edmonton Oilers represent one of the most storied and respected franchises in the NHL. This partnership will immediately enhance our on-ice success and will contribute greatly to restoring our winning tradition.”
A gathering for fans in which Edmonton officials will attend will take place before the season at a date to be determined.
The Edmonton Oilers are one of the most successful and recognizable franchises in the NHL having won five Stanley Cup Championships, seven conference titles, and two Presidents’ Trophies. The Oilers play in the 16,839-seat Rexall Place and are owned by Rexall Sports.
About the Condors
The Bakersfield Condors are owned by Chairman and CEOJonathan Fleisig and enter their 16th season of play in 2013-14. Under the direction of Team President Matthew Riley, the organization has raised over $4.6 million dollars in charitable donations for Bakersfield and Kern County. The team plays at the state-of-the-art Rabobank Arena in downtown Condorstown and are consistently among the league leaders in attendance, also winning numerous awards and gaining national recognition for their marketing and promotional efforts.
Jersey Unveiling on Social Media
Follow the Condors on Twitter and Instagram (@Condors) and Like the team on Facebook (/BakersfieldCondors) to see pieces of the team’s new jerseys for the upcoming season. More information will be provided in a later release.
We will make the playoffs, or you get free tickets!
Opening night is 92 days away when the Condors host the Colorado Eagles on Friday Oct. 18! Ticket packages are on sale now for the 2013-14 season. Click here or call 324-PUCK (7825) for more information.
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