BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with 2010-11 All-ECHL First Team defenseman Wes Cunningham and high-scoring center Joel Broda.
Cunningham, 26, enters his sixth professional year in 2013-14 after spending the 2012-13 campaign in Norway with Lorenskog. Overseas, the 5’11", 185 lbs. blueliner scored eight goals and added 13 assists for 21 points and had a +25 rating in 38 regular season games. In the playoffs, he tallied 10 points (3g-7a) in seven games.
A veteran of 271 games in the ECHL and American Hockey League, Cunningham was named to the 2010-11 All-ECHL First Team as a member of the Greenville Road Warriors. In 69 games that season, the London, Ontario native potted seven goals and 36 assists for 43 points with a +19 rating, good for third among ECHL defensemen in scoring. His ECHL career split between Elmira and Greenville has spanned 265 games with an 156 points (29g-127a).
Broda, 23, returns to Bakersfield, a place he was assigned to by the Minnesota Wild in 2010-11, after signing a three-year National Hockey League Entry-Level Contract. The Yorkton, Saskatchewan native enjoyed tremendous success, scoring 17 goals and assisting on 13 others for 30 points in 32 games. He finished fifth on the team in scoring that season despite his brief stint and had five multi-goal games during that time. He added a goal for the Condors in the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic held in Bakersfield.
The bulk of Broda’s professional career has come in the AHL with the Houston Aeros, Minnesota’s affiliate during his contracted years. In 124 games with Houston, the 6’0", 210 lbs. center notched 38 points (21g-17a). His best season came in 2011-12 when he put up 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points in 72 games. Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Broda won a Western Hockey League championship with the Calgary Hitmen 2009-10 and led the league in goals with 53 in 2008-09.