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Monday, Jan 27 2014 12:37 PM

'First Look': Condors' legacy appeals to new NHL owners

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    "First Look with Scott Cox" host Scott Cox, left, talks to Condors vice president of communications Kevin Bartl, center, and Californian Executive Editor Robert Price about the sale of the team.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Edmonton Oilers President Patrick LaForge, left and Condors President Matthew Riley share a laugh and team jerseys during a press conference in Bakersfield to announce the sale of the Condors to the Oilers on Jan. 23.

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It's a new era in Condorstown.

When the Edmonton Oilers contacted the Bakersfield Condors in June, there was something more to that contact.

"It was a multimillion dollar transaction and when that information is bouncing around, you keep it on the downlow," Condors vice president of communications Kevin Bartl said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

The Edmonton Oilers announced Thursday that the NHL team had purchased the Bakersfield Condors.

Change is inevitable with new owners, but Bartl said he does not foresee a lot of changes because the Oilers were attracted to the Condors' current programs and legacy.

"They wanted to buy a team that is part of the community, with a solid fan base and a strong marketing team," Bartl said.

Oilers President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick LaForge had already been looking to purchase an ECHL franchise for some time. The Oilers had been looking at teams in Las Vegas and Fresno, but Bakersfield was high on his list.

Bartl said it was good to be recognized for all the work the team behind the Condors does.

Now that there is a new owner, many people wonder: Will there be a name change?

"I'm not sure," Bartl said. "It has come up but I don't want to start the panic over this."

Although potential changes to the Condors will most likely happen during the summer, Bartl said the Oilers do bring more resources to the team.

The Oilers have marketing software that could help the Condors, he said.


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