BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors have announced that they will serve as the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers for the 2013-14 season.
"We are very pleased to welcome the Bakersfield Condors into the Edmonton Oilers family and look forward to working with General Manager John Olver and his staff as we continue to develop our players and prepare them for the National Hockey League," said Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish.
The agreement is anticipated to bring several prospects to Condorstown to continue their development. Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate is the Oklahoma City Barons.
Edmonton becomes the third NHL affiliate in Condors history after previous affiliations with Anaheim (2008-10) and Minnesota (2010-11). The Condors have won two Pacific Division titles when affiliated with an NHL team and have had 10 players advance to the NHL ranks. Playing off the name, Bakersfield’s first local hockey team was named the Bakersfield Oilers, who began play in 1940 and were reborn in 1994-95, paving the way for the birth of the Condors.
"This is an exciting day for Condorstown and the City of Bakersfield deserves an affiliation of this caliber," said Condors General Manager John Olver. "The Edmonton Oilers represent one of the most storied and respected franchises in the NHL. This partnership will immediately enhance our on-ice success and will contribute greatly to restoring our winning tradition."