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Tuesday, Aug 06 2013 10:06 PM

Condors add toughness with three signees

BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer mgrifith@bakersfield.com

The Condors announced the signing of three more players on Tuesday and there was a familiar thread -- grit.

Two of those players showed some of that late season for the Condors -- defenseman Art Bidlevskii, acquired with 10 games left; and forward Jake Morley, acquired with 23 games remaining.

Joining them will be rookie forward Preston Shupe.

Bidlevskii, 22, came to the Condors in a deadline deal with South Carolina. He had a goal and 20 penalty minutes with Bakersfield.

At the time of the trade he led South Carolina in penalty minutes.

Bidlevskii (6-feet, 190 pounds), began his pro career with 10 games in the American Hockey League at the end of the 2010-11 season but returned to the Regina, Sask., Pats the following season for his last year in juniors.

"He's a very strong, physical defensive defenseman," said Condors assistant coach Ryan Murphy, who is manning the office as head coach Troy Mann is preparing for his family's move to California. "He's a guy that forwards hate to play against because he's going to be in their face, he's going to take away time and their opportunity to make plays. He's a guy that we feel can really be a shut-down guy for us."

Morley, 25, started his rookie season with Idaho before going to Forth Worth (Texas) Brahmas of the Central Hockey League and winding up in Bakersfield where he joined fellow Clarkson College (Omaha, Neb.) teammates Nicholas Tremblay and Scott Freeman.

The 6-2, 218-pound left winger was often on the line with his former teammates and put up 11 points in 23 games.

Shupe (6-1, 195) comes to the Condors after four years at Canisius College (Buffalo, N.Y.) where he was second in scoring last season with 29 points in 43 games.

"Both guys we feel are going to be strong at both ends of the ice and that's important for us," Murphy said. "Both have good size, good skating abilities.

"With Morley we want him to bring a big physical presence every night. With Shupe we understand he had a big year last year in college and we need that ability for him to score goals around the net, get to the dirty place get tips, get rebounds and be able to put the puck home."

Both Morley and Shupe were captains in college.

"I think that's important for us to have guys of high character that can step in a be leaders on this team as well," Murphy said.

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