The Saskatoon native pieced together a solid major junior career in the Western Hockey League with Swift Current and Calgary, posting three consecutive 20-plus goal campaigns. He finished third on his team in goals and points twice, and in 2008-09 he led Swift Current in goals, assists and points.
“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for me, coming back from Europe,” said Dansereau. “I know Hans Benson is going to be there and I liked playing with him last season in Laredo. I’m excited about playing in Bakersfield, and I’m looking forward to not having snow for the whole year.”
Williams, 25, split his rookie season last year between the Arizona Sundogs and the Bloomington Prairie Thunder, who acquired him at the Central Hockey League trade deadline. The Colgate University grad compiled 15 goals and 33 points in 69 games, placing 6th in the CHL in rookie scoring. The Plattsburgh, New York native added a goal in two playoff games with Bloomington. In his college career, Williams posted 62 points (26g-36a) in 153 games.
“I’m really excited,” said Williams. “My goal when I came out of college was to get an ECHL deal, and I’m really looking forward to this season. I know a few players (former college teammate Liam Huculak and friend Shawn Weller) that played there and they had great things to say about the town and the fans. I’m just hoping to play well, have a good season and go on a long playoff run.”
What O’Dette says:
“Keegan’s a guy that’s going to provide some scoring punch for us; a guy that can put the puck in the net. He’s a decorated scorer and used to be a captain in juniors, plus he spent half a season in the American League as a rookie. Jason had a good season last year in the Central Hockey League. He had a very good college career and can play both ends of the ice. He’s a good role player that’s going to be a good contributor for us.”
The Condors home opener is just 45 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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