By The Bakersfield Californian
When it comes to marketing, the Condors are second to none in minor league hockey.
The organization that brought us Charlie Sheen Night (Charlie was a no-show) has now off
ered up an amateur tryout contract to hit recording artist (and right wing) Justin Bieber.
And the idea came from non other than Condors coach Matt O’Dette, a fellow Canadian.
"Very rarely do you see this combination of skill and toughness," said O'Dette in a press release, tongue clearly planted in his cheek. “We share a common Canadian heritage since we both hail from Ontario. I've scouted some video of him online skating with my hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and I think he could provide some elusive speed up front for us. Plus, he's a right-handed shot which we've been looking to add. I think if we paired him on a line with (Robby) Dee and (Peter) Boyd we'd be tough to beat."
In a more serious vein, O’Dette said he did come up the idea during a meeting with the front office crew.
“Our marketing machine up there has its wheels spinning,” he said. “I can’t remember how it came up but I said we should give a tryout to Bieber. We were probably talking Twitter or marketing ideas. He has 17 million Twitter followers and growing daily.”
And yes, count O’Dette as one of those 17-million followers.
“When I mentioned it everyone’s light bulbs popped above their heads. I said, jeez, what have I started.”
The Justin Bieber Believe Tour might interfere with the hockey season, but it could be just the ticket to a tryout. Bieber plays at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 2 and 3 and in Frenso on Oct. 5. That leaves Oct. 4 open for a stop in Condorstown, about a week into training camp.
“ We’d let him practice with us, if he wanted to give her a role for a game, why not?” O’Dette said. “Maybe throw him out there if we went to a shootout.”