BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, announced that the team has agreed to terms with brothers, right-wing Blair Macaulay and defenseman Scott Macaulay, along with goaltender Paul Karpowich.
Blair, 25, is the older of the two brothers, and wrapped up a successful career at the University of Manitoba in 2012-13. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was named the CIS West’s Most Valuable Player last season, a repeat of the honor he took home in 2011-12. In the process, he became just the second player in the award’s 35-year history to win the award in consecutive seasons. He led the Bisons in scoring the past three seasons and finished his four-year career with 118 points (56g-62a) in 112 games.
Scott, 22, begins his first full professional season after finishing the 2012-13 campaign with Bakersfield. The right-shot blueliner played four games with the Condors and scored his first professional goal in the final game of the regular season on March 30, 2013. Scott captained Northern Michigan University each of the past two seasons and reached double digits in scoring in his final three campaigns. In 2010-11, as a sophomore, Macaulay tied for the team lead in assists with 17, claiming NMU’s Tom Laidlaw Award as the team’s best defenseman.
Karpowich, 24, was selected in the seventh round (185th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. Last season, he spent the majority of his time in the ECHL, appearing in 25 games for the Evansville IceMen, going 7-13-2 with a 3.27 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage. He earned a call-up and appeared in two games with the American Hockey League’s Peoria Riverman as well. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native played four seasons for Clarkson University. His best season came as a senior in 2011-12 when he posted a record of 16-15-6 with a 2.46 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.