An actual condor escaped its handler at a Bakersfield Condors game, landing on the home team's bench before leaving the ice. (via YouTube)
The move to the AHL won’t be the death of the Bakersfield Condors. The organization announced Wednesday that when they move up a league in 2015-16, the team will remain the Condors. They will be the Edmonton Oilers AHL affiliate.
The Bakersfield Condors will fly again next season.
Prior to Wednesday night’s game between the Condors and the Idaho Steelheads, Bakersfield had announced they would be unveiling their team name for the 2015-16 season when they shift from the ECHL to the AHL’s newly founded Pacific Division.
Speculation was the team would take on a new name. However, like the Ontario Reign, the Condors announced the team name would stay the same, much to the delight of fans in Bakersfield. Of course, the most fun team in minor professional hockey had to give it a light-hearted spin, too.
Making light of the infamous condor-on-ice incident is what we’ve come to expect from the Condors, but the swerve at the conclusion of the video – lining the letters up to make it appear they’ll be named the Oilers – before revealing the name won’t be changing is wonderful.
Now all that's left is to hope that by remaining the Condors the team will still be allowed to put on its theme nights that have become so popular over the years. The AHL is lacking some of the hilarious creativity Bakersfield can bring, and adding a little zaniness to the league couldn't hurt. Maybe, just maybe, the team can bring back the condor for one more night.
Bakersfield’s team has gone by Condors since 1998, when the team, then known as the Bakersfield Fog, moved arenas to make the Centennial Garden their new home.
The AHL’s Pacific Division now includes the Condors, Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings), San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks) and teams in Stockton (Calgary Flames) and San Jose (San Jose Sharks), which have yet to be given official names.