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Oilers' AHL affiliate to remain in Bakersfield

The Oilers' AHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors are “staying in Bakersfield” following the news of the Flames moving their affiliate from Stockton to Calgary, according to Terry Jones of the EDMONTON JOURNAL. The Flames' move will leave the Oilers as the “only Canadian NHL team with a farm club in the U.S.” Bakersfield “may be a long way from Edmonton but is a bus drive away from" other affiliates in Henderson (Golden Knights), Ontario (Kings), San Diego (Ducks), San Jose (Sharks) and the Coachella Valley (Kraken). Condors GM Keith Gretzky said, “We have a great facility. The arena is the perfect size for the AHL and we draw 6,000 and 7,000 fans.” Gretzky and the Oilers organization "love how the NHL team isn't down the hall or a taxi ride across town or maybe couple of hours down the highway.” Gretzky: “I love that our players are in Bakersfield and thinking about being Condors and not in the same city as the NHL team worrying about what’s going on down the hall” (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 5/25).

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