Keith Gretzky sat in the stands and kept his eyes focused on the ice as coach Jay Woodcroft and staff sent Bakersfield Condors players through various drills as training camp got under way Monday morning at Mechanics Bank Arena.

The Bakersfield Condors announced Tuesday that the team has re-signed defenseman Jake Kulevich and forward Jakob Stukel to AHL contracts for the upcoming season.

His ultimate goal is to become a head coach at the National Hockey League level and Jay Woodcroft believes the best path to reach that destination is to pick up where he left off this past season: as head coach of the Bakersfield Condors.

You may not be able to skate up the ice like defenseman Caleb Jones, or handle the puck like rookie AHL All-Star Cooper Marody, but you can have some of the equipment they used this past season for the Bakersfield Condors.

To a man, Jay Woodcroft and the Condors say they feel no pressure heading into the third game of the opening round American Hockey League playoff matchup against the Colorado Eagles on Tuesday night at Rabobank Area.

The Bakersfield Condors will start their quest for the Calder Cup on Friday at Colorado. The top-seeded Condors and the Pacific Division’s fourth-seeded Eagles will drop the puck for Game 1 of the best-of-five series at 6:05 p.m. at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.

Condors forward Josh Currie scored a hat trick — on three consecutive goals all in the second period — in his second game back from the NHL to lead Bakersfield (40-21-3-2) past Tucson (33-25-5-3), 4-3, at Rabobank Arena on Wednesday.

The Bakersfield Condors third period rally was for naught as the host Manitoba Moose scored with less than four minutes left and skated away with a 3-2 win on Wednesday.

The Bakersfield Condors fell to the Manitoba Moose, 3-1, on Tuesday to start a three-game road swing despite outshooting the Moose by 20. It was the Condors’ second straight loss and first consecutive losses for the team since Jan. 11.

The Bakersfield Condors rolled through the Ontario Reign, 5-1, on Wednesday at Rabobank Arena.