BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Art Bidlevskii, left wing Jake Morley and forward Preston Shupe for the 2013-14 season.
Bidlevskii, 22, was sent to Bakersfield in a trade-deadline day deal with the South Carolina Stingrays on March 7, 2013. Last season, as a rookie splitting time between the Stingrays and Condors, Bidlevskii had five points (2g-3a) to go along with 123 penalty minutes in 54 games. At the time of the trade, the Kelowna, British Columbia native led the Stingrays in penalty minutes. He tacked on 20 penalty minutes, along with a goal, in 10 games with Bakersfield.
The 6’0", 190 lbs. blue-liner began his professional career in 2010-11 in the American Hockey League, playing 10 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, but returned to finish out his junior career with the Regina Pats in 2011-12. He racked up 636 penalty minutes in 316 Western Hockey League WHL games with Prince George and Regina.
Morley, 25, enters his second professional season after playing in the ECHL with Bakersfield and Idaho, and the Central Hockey League with Fort Worth last season. Combined, Morley played 59 games during his rookie season with three goals and 18 assists for 21 points. With the Condors, Morley tallied 11 points (2g-9a) in 23 games as he played a physical role on the Condors "Clarkson" line with Nicholas Tremblay and Scott Freeman.
At Clarkson, Morley had 50 points (20g-30a) in 137 games, serving as a captain his senior season before turning pro in 2011-12 with Springfield (AHL) where he played three games.
Shupe, 24, enters his rookie season coming off a career-year as he helped lead Canisius College to their first-ever Atlantic Hockey Association title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2012-13. Wearing the "C" for the Golden Griffins last season, Shupe appeared in all 43 games setting career-highs in goals (16) and points (29) which ranked second on the team. He led the Griffs in game-winning goals with four, as he capped his career with 38 goals and 48 assists for 86 points in 142 games.