Former Rocket forward taking pro hockey career to California

Jason Malloy
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Josh Currie went south for his first professional hockey season. This year, he's going to the West Coast.
The 21-year-old Charlottetown native signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Bakersfield Condors in California.
He said it brings clarity and peace of mind with the hockey season quickly approaching.
"It's never fun not knowing and sort of waiting by the phone for things to happen," he told The Guardian.

Currie said he received a phone call earlier this summer from Condors coach J.F. Houle asking if he was interested in joining them this season.

Houle was the bench boss in Blainville-Boisbriand of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League when Currie was skating for the P.E.I. Rocket.

"It is nice to have a familiarity with J.F. from playing against his teams in junior and (him) knowing what I can do," he said.

Currie had 15 goals and 16 assists in 70 games last season for the Gwinnett Gladiators.

He is looking at improving his all-around game, particularly improving on the minus-21 ratio he had in 2013-14.

"Now that I have a year under my belt, I feel like I am more prepared and ready for my second full season of pro hockey," Currie said.

Bakersfield finished second in the Pacific Division last season with a 36-30-2-4 record.

The Condors are the ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers.

Currie was the captain for the final season of the P.E.I. Rocket in 2012-13.

He scored 49 goals and had 55 assists in 68 games that season.

Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: California, Bakersfield, Pacific

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