February 28, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Bakersfield Condors
Bakersfield, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors made an effort to bolster their offensive attack with the acquisition of LW Mathieu Brunelle from the Dayton Bombers in exchange for LW Todd Alexander. Brunelle will join the team in time for Tuesday's game in Fresno.
Brunelle, 21, has 14 goals and 29 points in 50 games this season for Dayton and Trenton, where he started the season. The Warwick, Quebec native was drafted in the 7th round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers and made his professional debut last season. With the Titans in 2003-04, Brunelle put up 26 goals and 56 points in 60 games to go with 100 penalty minutes. He also appeared in seven games with the Philadelphia Phantoms in the American Hockey League.
Brunelle notched 81 goals and 194 points in his final two seasons of junior hockey with Victoriaville and Hull in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. On February 3rd, he was acquired by Dayton from Trenton in exchange for D Michael Schutte.
Alexander, 25, was in his second pro season, both with the Condors. He had 11 goals and 26 points in 51 games with Bakersfield. In his time with the Condors, Alexander had become one of the more popular players with the fans, a fact acknowledged by Head Coach Marty Raymond.
"This is a trade that involves two players both teams need," said Raymond. "We did it because we are really in need of a first line winger. Mathieu has a lot of skill and will help our offense down the stretch, in the playoffs and our run for a championship. Todd has done great things for us and Bakersfield, he's a great kid and it's one of the most difficult moves I've ever had to make. Of all the players on our team, Todd's name has come up more than anyone in possible deals from other teams."
The Condors travel to Fresno on Tuesday night for a 7:00 p.m. start and return home for Student ID Night on Wednesday for another match with the San Diego Gulls, also a 7:00 p.m. game. Sponsored by WB-12, 106.1 KRAB Radio and the University of Phoenix, Student ID Night allows all junior high, high school and college students to purchase lower level seats for just $1, based on availability.