Condors Sign NHL Veteran Kyle Calder
“He’s going to bring that veteran leadership to our locker room,” said Condors Head Coach Matt O’Dette. “It’s going to take him a little bit to get the physical aspect of his game to catch up with the mental aspect, but he’s been through every situation and it will help us tremendously.”
Calder played 590 games in the NHL for five different teams (Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Anaheim). He tallied 114 goals and added 180 assists for 294 points during that time.
The 13-year pro made three separate appearances and played 18 games in the NHL playoffs, reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2007 with Detroit.
The Mannville, AB native has played 10 regular season games with Bakersfield over the past two seasons, registering 13 points (6g-7a). In 2009-10, he helped the Condors to the National Conference semi-finals, registering a point per game (5g-5a) in 10 games played.
He was drafted in the 5th round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks while he was in the WHL as a member of the Regina Pats. His junior career was highlighted by a selection in 1999 to the Canadian World Junior team. His eight points (2g-6a) in seven games played helped lead Canada to a silver medal.
In Case You Missed It
The Condors received national headlines earlier this week as a result of a line brawl and goalie fight with the Ontario Reign. The video has been viewed over 200,000 times on Youtube and has received coverage from ESPN 2, ESPN.com, ESPNNews, Yahoo!, and a host of other national publications and websites. To watch the video, click here.
Valentines & Space Jerseys This Weekend
Saturday, the team will wear space jerseys for a Jersey Off Our Backs Night, sponsored by Bright House Networks, La Campesina 92.5, and Bud Light. Five of the jerseys will be given away for free and the rest will be auctioned off to benefit the Asthma and COPD Education Center.
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