They may not have Justin Bieber but they do have a pair of twins that played in the Ontario Hockey League. The Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL offered Bieber a contract earlier this year but it looks like being a pop star pays better. However, the team does have the Gimblett twins in the lineup for 2012-13. Jesse and Tyson Gimblett are both returning for second season with Bakersfield.
The Condors are the third team the two have played together on since their OHL careers started in 2001-02. In 2002-03, they played together for a half season with the Owen Sound Attack. In 2004-05 and 2005-06, they were teammates with the Saginaw Spirit.
Tyson Gimblett, a defenseman, played in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2005-06. He began with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors before being shipped to Owen Sound during the 2002-03 season. After playing just five games with Owen Sound in 2003-04 and four games with Saginaw the following season, Tyson played every game for the Spirit in 2005-06.
Undrafted, Tyson went the route of higher education and played five years with the University of Prince Edward Island. He entered the world of professional hockey in 2011-12, starting the season with the Augusta RiverHawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League but playing the bulk of the year with Bakersfield.
Jesse Gimblett, a left winger, played the same five years in the OHL as his brother. His first two years were with the Owen Sound Attack and his final three were with Saginaw. Like his brother, he went the to the CIS, playing four years with the University of Alberta, winning a national championship in 2007-08. After splitting 2010-11 with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL and the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL, Jesse settled in with the Condors in 2011-12.
Bakersfield has been in the ECHL since the 2003-04 season. Previous to that, they were a member of the WCHL. The team has yet to pass the Conference semi-finals in the pursuit of a Kelly Cup championship. This past season, 2011-12, the team finished dead last in the Western Conference with 55 points. Only the Trenton Titans had less points overall in the league with 52. The team is coached by OHL alumnus Matt O’Dette. Matt played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1992-93 to 1995-96, appearing with the Kitchener Rangers and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.