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Tuesday, Jul 23 2013 10:13 PM

Condors add Murphy as associate coach

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The remaking of the Condors hockey operations staff is complete as it was announced on Tuesday that Ryan Murphy has been named associate coach.

Murphy will work alongside head coach Troy Mann and general manager John Olver.

Murphy, a sixth-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Kings in 2002, played for Mann during the 2008-09 season when Mann served as associate coach of the Charlotte (N.C.,) Checkers of the ECHL.

"Troy and I always kept in touch after I played for him and when the opportunity came, I jumped at the chance to join his staff," Murphy said. "I can relate to the players in terms of how to get to the next level from drawing on my experiences professionally. Troy and I both see the game the same way with a hard-nosed, in your face style and I'm excited."

This will be Murphy's first stint as a coach.

Murphy, 30, played 138 games in the American Hockey League from 2005-2009 with Manchester, Hartford, and Peoria and 93 games in the ECHL with Charlotte. A right wing, Murphy had 22 goals and 54 assists for 86 points in 231 games.

Before turning pro Murphy played four seasons at Boston College.

"Murph is a really smart guy who I loved as a player," said Mann. "He was a really high energy guy with a tremendous work ethic who I wanted on my staff when he expressed interest this spring. He will break down a lot of our video and work with our penalty kill which was one of his assets as a player."

Also, the Condors announced that Rusty Aldridge has been hired as the new equipment manager. Aldridge has spent more than 17 years seasons working in the professional ranks, most recently with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (Hidlago, Texas) of the Central Hockey League.

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