BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
It's certainly been a team effort building the roster for this year's edition of the Condors, and the latest signing comes courtesy of assistant coach Ryan Murphy, or rather his brother.
The Condors brought their roster to 20 on Thursday as they announced the signing of rookie forward Luke Greiner.
Greiner, 23, played four seasons at Harvard University where he scored 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) in 143 games. He best season came as a senior when he was second in the team in scoring with eight goals and 11 assists in 32 games.
He attended the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary's Prep School (Faribault, Minn.) in 2006-07.
"Luke came on our radar after talking with my brother, Kyle, who played with him at Shattuck," Murphy said. "Luke is a high character guy, a great skater, and we were very impressed with how quick of a release he has on his shot. When we talked with his head coach, Ted Donato, he said there was no doubt that Luke would help our team in every way."
The Condors also announced that nine players would be attending American Hockey League training camps.
Three of those players -- center Joel Broda, forward Preston Shupe and defenseman Wes Cunningham -- will be with Bakersfield AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons.
Defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer and forward Louke Oakley will be with the Hershey (Pa.) Bears and Mike Hellyer and Gary Steffes will be with the Iowa Wild. Forward Blair Macaulay is going to the St. John's Ice Caps in Newfoundland and forward Brett Lyon is going to the Abbortsford (B.C) Heat.
The Condors open training camp on Oct. 4 and begin ECHL regular season play at home against Colorado on Oct. 18.