Marquardt joins Condors ranks

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. The Bakersfield Condors and Head Coach Matt O’Dette announced today that the team has agreed to terms with left wing Matt Marquardt.

The North Bay, Ontario native was selected in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He comes to Bakersfield with 176 games of AHL experience over the last three seasons with the Providence Bruins, Springfield Falcons, and most recently, the Oklahoma City Barons.

Last season, Marquardt suited up in 63 games for the Barons, amassing five goals and seven assists for 12 points.

In 2009-10, the 6’3", 229-pound winger appeared in 42 games with the Bruins and nine games with their ECHL affiliate in Reading before his rights were traded to the Edmonton Oilers. He played four games with the Oilers’ AHL affiliate in Springfield before concluding the season in the ECHL with the Stockton Thunder. With Stockton, Marquardt played seven regular season games, recording a goal and an assist. He enjoyed a highly successful playoff run that season, tallying 10 points (6g-4a) in 15 games played as the Thunder lost in the conference finals to the Idaho Steelheads.

Though he was drafted by Columbus, his rights were traded to the Boston Bruins in 2008 and he made his professional debut in the AHL with the Providence Bruins in 2008-09. In his rookie campaign, Marquardt played 71 games with nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points. He went on to play in nine post-season games for the Bruins and recorded one goal and one assist for two points as the team reached the conference finals.

Prior to turning pro, Marquardt played three seasons in the QMJHL, reaching the Memorial Cup final in 2005-06 as a rookie with the Moncton Wildcats. The physical forward posted back-to-back 40-goal campaigns to conclude his junior career, in 2007-08 and 2008-09. He was a teammate of former Condors netminder Josh Tordjman in Moncton.