Bakersfield Brings Back
Kelly, Raymond Behind Bench

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors announced on Wednesday that both Head Coach Paul Kelly and Associate Coach Marty Raymond will return for the 2003-04 season.

Under Kelly and Raymond, the Condors experienced their best season ever in 2002-03, setting more than 30 individual and team records, including wins (41) and points (91). Kelly and Raymond have a combined record of 52-29-10 behind the Bakersfield bench.

“The key to trading is cutting your losses and riding your winners,” said Condors Owner Jonathan Fleisig, comparing hockey to his experience on the New York Mercantile Exchange. “Paul and Marty are obviously a winning combination and I’m going to ride them as long as they allow me to. I think it says a lot about the city of Bakersfield that they both want to live and work there and I’d like to thank everyone for making them feel so welcome.”

Kelly, who was named the 2002-03 West Coast Hockey League Coach of the Year, is 73-57-14 in two seasons with Bakersfield. Prior to joining Bakersfield, Kelly coached Topeka in the Central Hockey League and in 2000-01 was named CHL Coach of the Year.

Raymond’s coaching career spans almost a decade including head coaching jobs in the WCHL with Tucson and Phoenix, who he led to the WCHL Championship in 1999-2000.

“I’m excited because I feel Marty and I make a good combination,” said Kelly. “We thought we had the right mix last year, and unfortunately came up a little short. But we feel we’re headed in the right direction and I’m looking forward to next season.”

“I’m excited to come back for the next step which is not only to have a winning team, but to go to the playoffs and contend for a championship,” said Raymond. “I’m glad to be coming back and I’m happy to be a part of this great organization.”