SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Bulls announced today they have been named the ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. The Bulls have also been named the ECHL affiliate of the American Hockey League’s Worcester Sharks. The Bulls will serve as the primary ECHL developmental team for the San Jose and Worcester Sharks.
"Today is a landmark day in San Francisco Bulls team history,” said Bulls President and Head Coach Pat Curcio. “To become affiliated with the San Jose Sharks is a goal we’ve had since we founded the team last year. We look forward to developing young prospects in the San Jose Sharks system that will ultimately make an impact in the AHL and NHL in the near future. Our ultimate goal is to help the Sharks win a championship.”
The Sharks and Bulls share a common history, both begun their playing histories at the legendary Cow Palace. The Sharks played their first two seasons (1991-92 and 1992-93) at the Cow Palace before moving to their current location in San Jose. The Bulls begin their first season on Oct. 12, 2012 at the Cow Palace.
“We are very excited to add the San Francisco Bulls as our ECHL development affiliate,” said San Jose Sharks Vice President and Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas. “Our organizations share the same passion to put a strong, competitive product on the ice, as well as being an active member in our shared Bay Area communities. Having our prospects develop in close proximity to our club in San Jose while playing for a first-class organization will serve them well moving forward in their professional careers.”