Clap, clap, clap. The Bakersfield Condors continue to set the standard for comedy and creativity among pro hockey franchises. Their wacky promotions this season have included everything from Star Wars jersey night to a Hairiest Back contest. Seriously. Last week a guy named Eric Oldes won $75 gift card to a burger joint and four seats at the glass for another game thanks to his man mane. His daughter and fiancee submitted him. A clip from the 2014 contest, to give you an idea of what it entails:
The Condors embrace the fun of hockey like no other team – and they outdid themselves with today's prank. Better yet, they got us. Well, one of us. Our managing editor, Edward Fraser, received the following "confidential" press release, which was sent by "accident," this morning:
CONFIDENTIAL: Condors unveil new look for AHL
Organization reveals new logo at event earlier today
RILEY/BARTL - If you can look this over one last time when you get in to make sure it is good to go. Also, we're expecting the quote from Edmonton later tonight once they land in LA. We will have the event live streamed and media is confirmed.
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, revealed the team's primary logo for their inaugural season in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2015-16 earlier today at an event held at noon at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center. The AHL is the top level of minor league hockey with nearly 90% of players in the National Hockey League (NHL) having played in the AHL.
"Nobody has more fun, or more colours, than us," said Condors Team President Matthew Riley. "Keeping our name was essential, because this is Condorstown and was overwhelmingly the choice of our fans. They will see the top prospects, future NHL stars, playing in the Grey, Red, Blue, Orange, and Green of the Condors. The colours represent the past, present, and future of this organization and will be forever lasting."
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About the logo:
- Bakersfield becomes the first team in modern professional hockey history to list five primary colours in the team's colour scheme -
Inspired by the traditional primary colours of the Condors during their 17 years of existence (Green, Red, Black) and the colours of the team's owners the Edmonton Oilers (Blue, Orange) -
The logo keeps the Condors traditional wordmark and styling which the team has used every season -
It is a head-on look at one of the most feared birds adorned with a "maple-leaf/stars" tuft of feathers on top to represent the uniting of the United States and Canada in Bakersfield
Features an inverted "oil-drop" beak representing the team's owners, along with the oil tradition and influence in Kern County - CLICK HERE to download the new Condors logo as a wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone, iPad, or mobile device Fraser, self-admittedly the most gullible man in the building, was floored at (a) the security breach in the Condors' organization and (b) the hideousness of the logo. Then we reminded him of the date. Then he tried the "CLICK HERE" link, which revealed:
And then we laughed. A lot. The logo is pure genius, amazingly ugly but just believable enough to look like someone "tried" to make it good. Good on the Condors staff getting Edward's goat. And here's hoping the fun stuff continues when the franchise joins the AHL as Edmonton's affiliate next season.
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