Condors bring back MacNeil; agree with Verpaelst

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Nick MacNeil and defenseman Gabriel Verpaelst for the 2014-15 season.

MacNeil joined the Condors in March following a four-year career at the University of New Brunswick (CIS) and played in nine regular-season games with six points (2g-4a). After leaving the team to finish school, MacNeil returned to Bakersfield for the second and third rounds of the playoffs where he notched two points (1g-1a) in six games. A native of Creignish, Nova Scotia, MacNeil had 87 points (40g-47a) in 104 career games with UNB, tied for the team lead with 15 goals in 2012-13 and was named to the CIS All-Rookie Team in 2010-11 when the Varsity Reds won a CIS University Cup. He played four-plus seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Cape Breton recording 181 points (99g-82a) in 254 games.

Verpaelst played 262 games over four seasons with Baie-Comeau of the QMJHL and amassed 66 points (21g-45a) from the blue line. He led the Drakkar in penalty minutes during three of his four seasons with a high of 173 over 66 games in 2011-12 when he finished second in the QMJHL in that category. A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Verpaelst helped lead Baie-Comeau to the QMJHL’s President Cup Final each of the last two seasons, appearing in 39 playoff games with five goals and 11 assists for 16 points.