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Tuesday, Sep 11 2012 04:04 PM

Condors offer tryout to Justin Bieber

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.” 
 

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