Condors

Friday, Jan 17 2014 05:21 PM

Condors sale to Oilers nearing completion

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Condors' Matt Thurber (right) and San Francisco's Ryan Garlock battle to contol the puck during first period action Friday night at Rabobank Arena.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Condors' Gary Steffes (right) checks San Francisco's Jordan Morrison during the first period Friday night at Rabobank Arena.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Condors' teammates Chase Schaber (right) and George Hughes celebrate following Schaber's goal in the first period against San Francisco Friday at Rabobank Arena.

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BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer mgriffith@bakersfield.com
It’s not official, but it should soon be: As has been reported for much of the past week, the Edmonton Oilers ownership group is poised to purchase the Bakersfield Condors. 

The Condors, a member of the ECHL, the AA level of pro hockey, are an affiliate of the Oilers. 

On Wednesday, the Bakersfield City Council will be asked to approve a lease for the new ownership group to operate the Condors and play their games at the city-owned Rabobank Arena.

Also taking place on Wednesday in Philadelphia is an ECHL Board of Governors meeting. The governors must approve any ownership change. 

Jonathan Fleisig, a Wall Street trader who live in New York, has been primary owner of the Condors for all 16 years of their existence. 

Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz is the chairman of the Katz Group of Companies and will have teams at every level of hockey from major juniors on up: The Edmonton Oil Kings in the major junior Western Hockey League; the Condors in the ECHL, the Oklahoma Ice Barons and the American Hockey League level and the Oilers. 

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