The Bakersfield Condors
are a minor league ice hockey
team based in Bakersfield, California
. The team plays in the Pacific Division of the ECHL
's Western Conference. The Condors join the Houston Aeros
as an affiliate of the Minnesota Wild
in the National Hockey League
. The Condors play home games at Rabobank Arena
in Bakersfield, until recently known as Centennial Garden.
Originally known as the Bakersfield Fog
, the team was founded in 1995 as a charter member of the West Coast Hockey League
. The team assumed its current name in 1998 when it moved into the new Centennial Garden. The Condors, and other West Coast Hockey League affiliates, joined the ECHL in 2003.
For the 2008–09
season, the Condors announced an affiliation with the Anaheim Ducks
of the National Hockey League on May 21, 2008. They became the Ducks secondary affiliate, after the Iowa Chops
of the American Hockey League
. In the following 2009–10
season, the Condors became the Ducks primary affiliate after the Chops were suspended from operations. As a result the Condors started the season with a handful of the Ducks prospects and finished the season first in the Pacific to capture their first division title. On July 12, 2010, the Ducks opted to move closer to their east coast AHL affiliate and cut ties with the Condors after two seasons.
On August 25, 2010, the Condors secured their second ever NHL franchise affiliate by partnering with the......