The San Francisco Bulls fell behind in the second period and could never recover Sunday during a 4-2 loss to the Bakersfield Condors at the Cow Palace.
Bakersfield jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period on goals from Francis Verreault and Jacob Lagace only 11 seconds apart. The Condors extended their lead to 3-0 on a shorthanded goal by Nicholas Tremblay. Read More
The NHL is back and the San Francisco Bulls are feeling the trickle-down effects.
The Bulls are not only losing NHLers Torrey Mitchell and Ryane Clowe, but Andrew Crescenzi, Jamie Devane, Mikael Tam and Daniil Tarasov are also leaving the team to skate in the AHL.
“That’s the nature of our business. It’s tough to deal with sometimes,” coach Pat Curcio said. “We haven’t really had to deal with it the first three or four months of the season because the NHL has been gone.” Read More
Former Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell is expected to make his debut with the San Francisco Bulls at the Cow Palace tonight against the Colorado Eagles.
The Minnesota Wild forward joined the Bulls on Monday after signing a standard ECHL player contract with the club.
“It feels good,” Mitchell said. “I’m excited to be a part of a team again.”
Mitchell said he’s conditioned himself throughout the NHL lockout, so jumping on the ice tonight shouldn’t be a problem. Read More
Hockey finally returned to the Shark Tank this week, but the San Francisco Bulls couldn’t pull out a win for the home crowd.
The Stockton Thunder defeated the Bulls 6-4 in front of 12,881 hockey-starved fans in the first ECHL game played at HP Pavilion. The Bulls are currently holding sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
Despite the loss, coach Pat Curcio said the game provided an incredible experience for his team. Read More
The San Francisco Bulls had no answer for the Stockton Thunder’s Toni Rajala, who recorded a hat trick to carry the Thunder to a 6-4 ECHL victory on Monday in front of 12,881 hockey-deprived fans at HP Pavilion in San Jose. It was the first taste of pro hockey in the South Bay all season with the NHL stuck in a lockout.
Bulls goalie Thomas Heemskerk allowed five of Stockton’s first 20 shots to get by him before he was replaced by Taylor Nelson. Read More
The NHL canceled games through Dec. 30, but action-starved Sharks fans will get a chance to see some hockey next week when the San Francisco Bulls roll into HP Pavilion in San Jose.
The Bulls and Stockton Thunder will face off at the Shark Tank on Monday, giving the ECHL’s newest franchise a chance to gain some exposure while Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture are sidelined by the NHL lockout. Read More
Coach Pat Curcio plans to tweak his lines for this week’s homestand to get the San Francisco Bulls back on the winning track after an 0-2-1 road trip to Las Vegas and Utah last weekend.
The Bulls’ next two opponents, the Bakersfield Condors (tonight) and the Colorado Eagles (Friday and Saturday), are deep at forward and Curcio said he needs a true checking line to slow them down. Read More
The San Francisco Bulls, The City’s new minor-league hockey team, announced Tuesday they have signed their first player, 30-year-old right wing Peter Sivak.
The Slovakian native is a 13-year veteran of the Slovakian and Czech Extraligas, and set the European record for fastest goal from the start of a game when he scored 4.08 seconds into the first period on Jan. 18.
The move to San Francisco is one that makes sense for Sivak, whose wife is a doctor in the Bay Area. Read More
The City’s newest sports franchise may not have a roster yet, but the San Francisco Bulls have a new assistant coach who brings NHL experience to the minor league hockey team.
Tom Pederson played for the San Jose Sharks for four seasons and had “a cup of coffee with the Toronto Maple Leafs” before retiring in 1997. Joining the Bulls means a return to the Cow Palace, where the Sharks played during his first season with the team, in 1992-93. Read More
Let there be hockey.
The ECHL held a news conference Tuesday to formally introduce the San Francisco Bulls as the 21st member of the long-standing NHL minor-league affiliate.
"It’s very exciting," Pat Curcio, San Francisco Bulls president, general manager and head coach, said. "There hasn’t been pro hockey in San Francisco in 15 years, so we believe we can provide an affordable entertainment for the families of San Francisco." Read More