Early this summer, the Bakersfield Condors announced the formation of the Junior Condors youth hockey program with former Condors coaching at all levels of the program. The team will also purchase jerseys for the first year and establish a scholarship fund for future seasons to provide less fortunate families with the opportunity to participate in the program.
This week, Condors Assistant Coach J-F Houle and captain Ryan Hamilton helped work on skills, on-ice, and off-ice with a group of campers in preparation for the upcoming season.
“I think it’s great to give back to the community and be on the ice with the kids,” Houle said. “For the kids to be on the ice for some extra ice time before tryouts and practices is huge. It’s great for the Condors to have the Jr Condors name recognition at tournaments and it’s great for the kids to feel a part of the Condors family.”
Hamilton, who recently signed a two-year contract to stay in Bakersfield, has made a home in California.
“It was a great opportunity to help out with the kids,” he said. “We’re really enjoying our stay in Bakersfield. We’re setting up some roots here, but this summer has been a great opportunity to meet a lot of people here in town.”
For more information on the Jr Condors program: click here.