Players have started rolling into town, workers will start the process of turning water into ice at Rabobank Arena on Wednesday and it’s hot and dry in Bakersfield.

Which means it’s time for some hockey.

It may be lockout time in the NHL, but it’s all go for the ECHL as the Condors prepare to open on Friday at the Bakersfield Ice Sports Center.

The days are be getting shorter as far as daylight hours, but they are getting longer for Condors head coach Matt O’Dette and assistant coach Kevin Barrett as opening night is in San Francisco on Oct. 11.

“It’s busy this time of year,” said O’Dette.  “Preparing your systems and practices, constantly trying to sign guys and upgrade. There’s travel going on, locker room stuff, players coming in every day Tons of stuff going on. You’re never calm.

“Its stressful but exciting. Long hours but that’s what training camp is on any level: busy. Once that ends we get into more of a routine things kind of slow down. Not now.”