Matthew Riley named ECHL Executive of the Year
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that Team President Matthew Riley has been named the 2014 ECHL Executive of the Year.
It is the 13th ECHL award the Condors organization has received, most of any team. In addition, Riley becomes just the second ECHL executive to win the award twice since it was introduced in 1995. He also received the award in 2007.
"I'm grateful to everyone involved, past and present, with the Bakersfield Condors organization, that I receive an award on their behalf," said Condors Team President Matthew Riley. "This award is a symbol of all the hard work and passion that our staff and fans put in this year. We're thankful for the guidance, leadership and support from our new owners, the Edmonton Oilers, and from the other member teams of the ECHL."
Riley was instrumental in the negotiations that saw the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers purchase the the Condors, giving the organization the resources and support for the long-term stability of the team.
He oversaw a box office sales increase of over 6% in 2013-14 and the team setting an a new record in group revenue.
In the community, the team continued it's tremendous work in Bakersfield and Kern County raising more than $350,000 in cash and goods for non-profits, bringing the team's historical total to over $4.6 million.
On the ice, the Condors made history, advancing to the Conference Finals for the first time, thanks in large part to Riley's allocation of more resources to the hockey operations department.