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Wednesday, Jun 18 2014 11:11 PM

Condors' president named ECHL's top executive

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Bakersfield Condors President Matthew Riley speaks to the media in this file photo.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Condors president Matthew Riley was named 2013-14 ECHL Executive of the Year award on Wednesday during the annual league meetings in Las Vegas.

Riley, who also won the award in 2007, is just the second executive to win the award twice. He was also named West Coast Hockey League Executive of the Year in 2000.

Under his leadership, Riley has guided the Condors to an ECHL-high 13 front office award winners in 10 years.

"I'm grateful to everyone involved, past and present, with the Bakersfield Condors organization, that I receive an award on their behalf," Riley said in a release. "This award is a symbol of all the hard work and passion that our staff and fans put in this year. We're thankful for the guidance, leadership and support from our new owners, the Edmonton Oilers, and from the other member teams of the ECHL."

Riley was instrumental in the negotiations that saw the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers purchase the Condors, giving the organization the resources and support for the long-term stability of the team.

He oversaw a box office sales increase of over six percent in 2013-14 and the team setting a new record in group revenue. In the community, the team continued its tremendous work in Bakersfield and Kern County, raising more than $350,000 in cash and goods for non-profits, bringing the team's historical total to over $4.6 million.

Riley's innovative and progressive promotional ideas, such as this season's Gettysburg Address Jersey, Undie Sunday Toss and Cemetery Plot Giveaway, garnered the Condors national publicity which continued the team's long-standing tradition of fun and entertainment.

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