The American Hockey League announced today that the Oilers affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, will play the Stockton Heat in a regular-season outdoor game on Friday, December 18. The game will take place at Raley Field in West Sacramento, California.
Stockton is the affiliate of the Calgary Flames, bringing the Battle of Alberta to the California outdoor hockey scene.
2015-16 marks the first season the Condors will serve as the primary developmental affiliate of the Oilers. They had previously competed in the ECHL.
This will be the eighth outdoor game in AHL history and first in the state of California.
“This event will be a special showcase for our Pacific Division in its inaugural season,” AHL President and CEO David Andrews said in a press release. “We look forward to this celebration of hockey outdoors and to sharing the experience with the terrific hockey fans in Northern California.”
The first AHL outdoor game took place in Syracuse, NY on February 20, 2010. This will be the first time an Oilers affiliate has played in an outdoor game.
Raley Field is home of the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team, the AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. It seats 10,624 with additional hillside seating in the outfield.
The Condors begin their AHL era on October 9, against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Griffins are the Detroit Red Wings affiliate and are coached by former Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson. The Condors will be led by Gerry Fleming.