Most Tenured Condor Burgdoerfer and Rookie Sensation Trupp Returning

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors along with Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Matt O’Dette announced today that the team has agreed to terms with D Erik Burgdoerfer and LW Evan Trupp for the upcoming 2012-13 season. The Condors training camp roster now sits at 16 which includes eight forwards, six defensemen, and two goaltenders. To view the complete training camp roster, click here.


“I’ve only had the opportunity to play in Bakersfield as a pro, but I’m not sure I’d want to play anywhere else,” Burgdoerfer said. “It’s a first-class organization with first-class fans and I’m excited to come back to Condorstown. We have a great group of returners set on tying up unfinished business from last year.”

Burgdoerfer, 23, is the longest tenured Condor having played the lasttwo-plus seasons in a Bakersfield uniform. In 131 games with the Condors, Burgdoerfer has recorded seven goals and 25 assists for 32 points with a plus-15 (+15) rating. The East Setauket, NY native registered 16 points in each of his first two full professional seasons. A defenseman who can play in all situations, the 6’2″ 209 lbs. right-handed shot demonstrated his leadership abilities last season and earned an alternate captain role with the squad.

“A solid defenseman who plays both ends of the ice really well,” said O’Dette. “His game is developing and you can put him on the ice in any situation. He earned a leadership role last season and we’re looking for more of that from him.”

Burgdoerfer career stats: click here.

Trupp, 24, was acquired via trade with Cincinnati in January andplayed 45 games in 2011-12 with 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points. He broke out with the Condors though, amassing 22 points (10g-12a) in 25 games, missing some time due to injury. The Anchorage, Alaska native earned ECHL Player of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 6-12 as he became an internet and viral sensation for his lacrosse-style, behind-the-net goal against Las Vegas on Feb. 11.

Prior to turning pro, the 5’10”, 180 lbs. forward played four seasons at the University of North Dakota where he registered 108 points (40g-68a) in 157 games including 78 points over his junior and senior campaigns.

“What I enjoy most about the team is that we get along well on and off the ice,” said Trupp. “I would get texts and calls throughout the summer from guys letting me know they were coming back and I want to be a part of that. There are great fans in Bakersfield, a great facility, a great rink and I enjoyed last season. I think with a little more experience under our belt now, we’ll be pretty good this season.”

“He’s a dynamic offensive player,” O’Dette said. “He has tons of skill and for an undersized guy he plays a feisty style of game which makes him really effective. He brings a lot of excitement to our team and gets the fans out of their seats which we like.”

Trupp’s career stats: click here.

Good until September 15th, the Condors have a tremendous Back To School Ticket Special where fans will receive a youth jersey with the purchse of a 2012-13 Condors ticket plan. All ticket plans are included from the Pick 6 plan to a full season package. Ticket plans start for as low as $8 a month.

Another way to capitalize on the deal is to book your group night with the Condors for the upcoming season. For every 10 tickets purchased towards the group, fans will receive one (1) youth jersey. 20 tickets = 2 jerseys. 100 tickets = 10 jerseys. Comprende? Get in on the 15th Anniversary season today and don’t be left out on some of the biggest nights in Condorstown including Teddy Bear Toss by calling 324-PUCK (7825) or crashing the net by clicking here.

Opening Night in Condorstown will have a championship feel as the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings Ice Crew Girls, Street Team, and mascot Bailey will be on hand as the Condors host the Las Vegas Wranglers at 5 p.m. The festivities will begin at 2 p.m. with inflatables, games, and more out on the plaza in front of Rabobank Arena. In addition, the first 2,000 children, 12 & under, will receive a LA Kings Stanley Cup Champion pennant to hang on their wall. For more information or to reserve your group for opening night, please call 324-PUCK (7825).
To check out other early season exciting promotions: click here.


The Condors have laid the gauntlet down and challenged the rival Stockton Thunder on social media. When the team reaches 15,000 Facebook page likes in honor of the 15th Anniversary Season and receives more followers on Twitter than the Thunder, a brand new unique jersey design for the 2012-13 season will be unveiled. In addition, one lucky fan will win one of the jerseys and another fan will get the unforgettable opportunity to have lunch with the entire team.
To LIKE the team on Facebook, click here, and then hit LIKE at the top right of the page.

To FOLLOW the team on Twitter, click here, and then hit FOLLOW at the top right of the page. Fans are also encouraged to spread the word on Twitter by using the hashtag #ToppleTheThunder.


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