BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors announced that they have signed rookie forward Michael Handza.
The Condors are the ECHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League and the Iowa Chops of the American Hockey League. Dave Farrish, who coached in the ECHL from 2000-05, and Joe Trotta, who was an assistant coach in the ECHL in 2000-01, are assistant coaches for the Ducks.
The 24-year-old Handza was acquired by the Condors from the Wheeling Nailers on Dec. 10, 2007 in exchange for forward Justin Chwedoruk. Handza did not report to Bakersfield for personal reasons and he did not play the remainder of the season after having three assists and 22 penalty minutes in 19 games for Wheeling.