The Bakersfield Junior Condors are pleased to introduce the Junior Condors Alumni Spotlight, recognizing past Kern County Hockey players who have continued their hockey careers at a higher level. The Junior Condors plan to periodically introduce past Kern County hockey players into the Alumni Spotlight.
The Bakersfield Junior Condors are proud to recognize Brayden Watts as an alumni of the Kern County Hockey Club. Brayden’s accomplishments throughout his hockey career have landed him currently with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The WHL is one of the top feeder systems to the National Hockey League. A total of 20 WHL players were selected in the 2018 NHL entry draft, 3 of which were teammates of Brayden in Vancouver. Brayden was born on February 21st, 1999 and quickly dawned his first pair of hockey skates at a young age.
His passion for the game of hockey began while watching his favorite Bakersfield Condors Paul Rosebush, Paul Willett and Brett Lutes at Centennial Garden (now Rabobank Arena). Brayden’s talent was obvious from the onset of his career as he competed in the Bakersfield Dragons squirt division at 6 years old. He continued to impress during his time with the Bakersfield Dragon’s and was a stand-out with the organization until the age of 14 where he decided to show his skills with the Arizona Bobcats, one of the top AAA hockey programs in the country.
In 2014, Brayden’s hard work, determination and commitment began to turn heads as he was selected in the WHL draft by the Moose Jaw Warriors. Brayden suited up for 57 games in his first season (2015/16) with the Warriors under Coach Tim Hunter (16+yrs NHL veteran). After playing 40 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors during the 2016/17 season, Brayden was traded to the Vancouver Giants (WHL) where he competed in 30 games scoring 3 goals and adding 11 assists. Brayden proved to settle in Vancouver nicely during the 2017/18 season where he continued to thrive playing in 70 games and accumulating 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points.
Currently, Brayden continues to push hard for an opportunity to excel in the professional ranks as he trains for 3-4 hours a day, 4 days a week with Condors strength and conditioning Coach Patrick Love. The Junior Condors organization is proud of Brayden’s achievements and wish him the best of luck in the future.
The Bakersfield Junior Condors are proud to recognize another Kern County Hockey Club Alumni. Garret Kingsbury began his hockey career at the young age of 6 and quickly established himself as one of the top goaltenders to advance through the ranks as a Bakersfield Dragon.
Garret was born on April 8th, 1998 and was a standout goaltender for the Dragons through Bantam before making the jump to AA hockey with Valencia. After one season at the AA level, Garret continued his success at the junior level in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) with the Valencia Flyers.
During his 2-year tenure in the WSHL, Garret’s calm, cool style of play between the pipes caught the attention of the University of Alabama coaching staff after an impressive showing as a walk-on during training camp in Alabama last fall. Garret now competes for one of the top athletic universities in the nation. The University of Alabama men’s hockey program participates at the Division 1 level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and during the 2016/17 season, the 6-foot, 180lbs goaltender lead the Frozen Tide in goal with 11 wins over 18 games on the season posting a 3.70 GAA, making 526 saves. The Bakersfield native looks to lead his team again for a second season, poised to backstop the Frozen Tide through their 36 game schedule beginning on September 1st against Saint Bonaventure at U of A’s Pelham Ice Complex.
The Junior Condors are proud of Garret’s accomplishments and would like to wish him well as he gets set to begin his second year at the University of Alabama, helping the Frozen Tide chase the Division 1 title while pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Congratulations on your accomplishments thus far Garret, best of luck!!!
The Bakersfield Junior Condors are excited to introduce another former athlete from Bakersfield who began his hockey career as part of the Kern County Hockey Club. Mitchell Mueller (Mitch) began skating here in Bakersfield at the young age of 8. His youth hockey began as a member of the Bakersfield Dragons and continued within the Kern County Hockey Club through Bantam. Mitch’s talents began leading him up the ladder eventually reaching the Southern California Titans 18U AAA club where he won the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) league championship title during the 2011/12 season.
After being drafted into the junior ranks by the Texas Tornado of the well known North American Hockey League, Mitch made the move to Texas and competed in 40 games during the 2012/13 season. After a successful rookie season with Texas, Mitch began the 2013/14 season with the Fort Worth Brahmas before moving to the Wichita Falls Wildcats for the remainder of that year. During the 2014/15 season Mitch moved on to play junior hockey in the Central Canadian Hockey League with the Pembroke Lumberkings where he attracted the attention of the NCAA Division I American International College. During the 2015/16 season Mitch played in 19 regular season games within the Atlantic Conference for the Yellowjackets. A coaching change with the AIC Yellowjackets left Mitch without a spot on the team during the 2016/17 season; however, Mitch took full advantage of an opportunity to give professional hockey a shot. Over the past 2 seasons Mitch has passed through 5 different cities within the ranks of 3 separate professional leagues (Southern Professional Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, Federal Hockey League) with teams including the Peoria Rivermen, Danville Dashers, Roanoke Rail Yard Dogs, Fayetteville Marksmen and the Norfolk Admirals. The Bakersfield Junior Condors would like to wish Mitch good luck this upcoming season as he gets set to attend training camp with the Quad Cities Storm of the SPHL for the 2018/19 season.
The Bakersfield Junior Condors are thrilled to introduce another former Kern County hockey player who began his hockey career as part of the Bakersfield Dragons organization. Corey Anderson began skating here in Bakersfield at an early age and quickly became a passionate competitor with a determination to succeed. His youth hockey began as a member of the Bakersfield Dragons and continued within the Kern County Hockey Club through Bantam which led him to a successful season with the Bakersfield Junior Condors of the Tier III Western States Hockey League during the 2009/10 season led by Bakersfield’s hockey ambassadors Scott Hay and Paul Willett.
Corey’s hard work and commitment flourished throughout the 2009/10 season and landed him a spot within the prestigious Notre Dame Argos Midget AAA hockey team, an association of the Athol Murray College Hockey program and their parent Notre Dame Hounds junior organization. Corey skated at the Midget AAA level from 2010/11 through 2011/12 before being granted a position with the renowned Notre Dame Hounds during the 2012/13 season. The Notre Dame Men’s Hockey program is one of the most prestigious programs in the world with over 195 Hounds drafted or signed to the NHL. The hounds currently boast 22 alumni playing, coaching or working in the NHL including names such as Jaden Schwartz, Morgan Rielly, Jordan Eberle, Sean Couturier, Tyler Myers, and Joe Colborne, while Alumni Barry Trotz, Jon Cooper, James Patrick, and Rod Brind’Amour are now coaches at the NHL level. Corey competed in 3 full seasons with the Hounds and during his final 2014/15 season amassed a total of 23 goals, 17 assists for 44 points in over 55 games.
After a successful tenure at Athol Murray College with the Notre Dame Hounds, Corey caught the attention of Manhattanville College of the NCAA Div. III Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) and is currently competing in his 4th season with the Valiants. During the 2017/18 season, Corey tied for second on the team with a career-high 10 goals and six assists for 16 points over the course of 26 games. At Manhatanville College, Corey has earned many scholastic and athletic laurels including: All-Middle Atlantic Conference Second Team (2017-18), ECAC West Conference All-Rookie Team (2015-16), MAC Offensive Player of the Week (2/5/18), ECAC West Conference Rookie of the Week (11/2/15), MAC Winter Academic Honor Roll (2017-18, ECAC West Conference All-Academic Team(2016-17) and Manhattanville Co-Male Rookie of the Year (2015-16). Hard work, dedication and commitment has earned Corey extraordinary opportunities through the sport of hockey. Way to go Corey! You have so much to be proud of!!! Keep up the good work.