Bulls tab Pederson as assistant coach

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Bulls announced that former San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tom Pederson has been named the club’s assistant coach. Pederson, 42, will join head coach and former teammate Pat Curcio behind the bench for the Bulls 2012-13 inaugural season.

“I’m excited to be a part of bringing professional hockey back to the Cow Palace,” said Pederson. “I can’t wait to for the Bulls to take the ice and to be able to contribute to the success the organization."

Pederson, who played professionally for nine seasons from 1991 to 2000, was drafted 217th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft while playing for the University of Minnesota. 

He was claimed by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 NHL Expansion Draft and began his professional career for the Sharks’ farm club, the Kansas City Blades of the IHL. Pederson played in the NHL for the Sharks and the Toronto Maple Leafs for five seasons and ended his professional career with the Hannover Scorpions of the German League in 2000, where he played alongside Curcio. Overall, Pederson played 240 career NHL games, scoring 20 goals and 49 assists for 69 points.

“I am honored to have my friend and former teammate, Tom Pederson, join our staff. He is a natural fit for our club having played in the NHL and even in the Cow Palace while with the Sharks. He’s going to be instrumental in the development of our future young defensemen,” said Curcio.

Since his retirement from professional hockey, Pederson has been coaching youth hockey with the San Jose Jr. Sharks and was the founder of the Green Biscuit, an off-ice stick handling and passing aid.