By The Bakersfield Californian
Defeneseman Deron Cousens has decided he wants to play in the ECHL and will be doing so tonight for the Condors.
Cousens (6-1, 190) was claimed on Saturday after being released by Greenville, S.C., but opted to to play for the Arizona Sundogs in the Central Hockey League. He played three games for Arizona, the last on Tuesday night, then flew to Denver on Wednesday, arriving in Loveland, Colo., just before the Condors took to the ice for warm ups, about 40 minutes before a game against the Eagles.
The Condors have played the last several games with just four true defensemen due to injuries.
“I kept in touch with (Cousen's agent) and Cousen decided he really wanted to play in the ECHL,” Condors coach Matt O'Dette said of landing a badly-needed D-man. “He's a good young defenseman, very mobile. He hasn't got his footing yet in the ECHL. He'll get his opportunity here.”
Cousens is well-traveled, as the Condors is his fifth pro team in two years. Forty-eight of his 61 games were with Florida.
Also playing in his first game for the Condors tonight will be forward Daniel Kroger, who was acquired in a trade for Robby Dee, and joined the team in Las Vegas on Tuesday.