Condors ink rookies Kemp and Eichenlaub
Right wing and defenseman sign first pro contracts
BAKERSFIELD Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, official East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, have signed RW Nick Kemp and D Raymond Eichenlaub. The announcement was made by Condors coach Marty Raymond.
Kemp, 23, joins the Condors after completing four seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth of the WCHA. There, he helped lead the Bulldogs to the WCHA Championship and the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2008-09. In 150 career games with Minnesota-Duluth, Kemp recorded 23 goals and 28 assists, along with 125 PIM. Kemp missed only eight games throughout his four-year college career.
"Nick is a really good grinder, who finishes his checks and skates well," said Raymond. "He’s a smart player and a blue-collared type of guy we’re looking for."
A native of Hermantown, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Kemp spent one year with Sioux City of the United States Hockey League prior to joining the Bulldogs. With Sioux City, Kemp ranked tied for sixth on the team with 38 points in 2004-05. As an instrumental part of Sioux City’s runner-up finish in the Clark Cup playoffs, Kemp recorded 2 goals and 4 assists in 13 games.
"I’m really excited to get a chance to play in Bakersfield," said Kemp. "It was great when Coach Raymond called me and said he wanted me to play for him. I jumped right at the chance and look forward to getting out to Bakersfield. I consider myself a two-way forward, who likes to play physical, but can also score some goals. My biggest asset is my size."