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Wednesday, Nov 06 2013 09:18 PM

Condors' specialty jerseys a hit on Internet

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    The front (top) and backside views of jerseys the Condors will wear on Sunday in celebration of the the 150th anniversary of the historic Gettysburg Address.

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BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer mgriffith@bakersfield.com

Although the Condors have not been able to get a win on the ice, the organization continues to be on top of its game when it comes to garnering media attention.

The team will don speciality Gettysburg Address jerseys on Sunday in honor of the 150th anniversary of the famous speech.

The front of the jerseys feature Abraham Lincoln about to give his speech along with the Condors logo with the condor wearing a top hat.

Cannons adorn the upper arms and the back features a battlefield scene, with both Union and Confederate flags, along with a transcription of the speech.

Various media outlets have written stories about the jerseys, including deadspin.com, Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog, NBC Sports and Sports Illustrated Hot Clicks, which headlines it "Best Uniforms Ever."

"To be perfectly honest, a fan submitted the idea and we ran with it," said Condors Vice-President of Communions Kevin Bartl. "We definitely didn't anticipate this much attention but from the comments people are overwhelming in love with this thing. We're getting emails from people all over the country who want jerseys."

The team will wear the jerseys for their 4 p.m. game against Stockton on Sunday and those will be auctioned off following the game with proceeds going to Bakersfield ARC. Everyone at the game will have the chance to win one of five of game-issued jerseys. Replica jerseys will also be for sale.

"This is not the craziest thing we've done, but Civil War stuff is hot, that much I know," Bartl said.

On the team front, the Condors have signed veteran goaltender Andy Chiodo.

Goaltender Tyler Bunz is on recall to Oklahoma City in the American Hockey League, where he is expected to remain for a while due to injuries. That left the Condors with only one goaltender, Paul Karpowich.

"With the injury situation Edmonton we couldn't go with one goalie," Condors coach Troy Mann said. "(Chiodo) was available. In terms of not trading for a guy, he was a guy with the (best) credentials available."

Chiodo, 30, played eight games in the National Hockey League early in his career, had more than 90 games at the American Hockey League level and spent most of his career, including the last three seasons, playing in Europe."

The Condors are 0-6-1 and begin a set of three games in three days on Friday, at San Francisco. They host Las Vegas on Saturday before finishing at home on Sunday against Stockton.

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