The Bakersfield Condors signed left winger Ryan Van Stralen from the Wichita Thunder of the ECHL on Tuesday. Van Stralen combined his time last season with the Thunder and the University of Carleton Ravens of Canadian U Sports.
While with the Ravens, Van Stralen had 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points in 25 regular season games. While with the Thunder he had eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 16 games and another three goals in six games in the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Thunder were eliminated in six games to the Colorado Eagles in the Mountain Division semi-finals.
Van Stralen played four seasons with Carleton University. Prior to that he spent three seasons with the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League.
On the international level, Van Stralen represented Canada at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In six games, Van Stralen collected four assists as Team Canada won the bronze medal.
At 24 years of age, Van Stralen brings experience and versatility to the Condors. The U Sports program in Canada is very underrated and the fact he can play right wing as well as left wing should be an asset to Van Stralen as he attempts to get playing time this season in Bakersfield.
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