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Sharks’ ECHL affiliate in San Francisco folds

Jan 27, 2014, 6:18 PM EDT

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San Jose has lost its ECHL affiliate.

The San Francisco Bulls have released a letter to season ticket holders announcing that they will cease operations immediately, according to CSN Bay Area. The Bulls had been trying to find a new owner, but were ultimately unable to finalize a deal.

“At this point, the best thing to do financially is to reluctantly end the season,” the Bulls said in their statement. “We will miss playing here, miss our fans, and miss this city. Bringing hockey to San Francisco was a dream; we have great talent on our team, and had a great vision for what the team could be.”

The Bulls were in their second season of existence.

San Jose had five players under contract with the Bulls, including forwards Riley Brace, Sebastian Stalberg, Kyle Bigos, Steven Tarasuk, and goaltender J.P Anderson. Sharks GM Doug Wilson said that they will all be reassigned in the near future.

(The San Francisco Bulls’ logo is courtesy of the team’s website)

  1. kicksave1980 - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    The worst part about this is that all of the non-Sharks affiliated players will become immediate free agents. 20 fewer jobs for guys trying to hold on to a dream.

  2. esracerx46 - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    That sucks, but who could have predicted an east coast hockey league team in San Francisco would fold? I know theirs 2 distinct conferences so quite a few teams are on the west coast. Its odd they didn’t finish out the season. That’s what really sucks for all the players and staff.

    • pandorasdadca - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      That’s not entirely fair since the other ECHL team in NoCal just played for the Kelly Cup last season and has been pretty stable for a while now. The Cow Palace was and is a horrible venue though. The cost of renovations to make it a modern building are way to high to make it viable. Bummer that they just stopped in the middle of the season though.

  3. stickbewooden - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    To Bad. I liked going local for a hockey fix…I’m not paying top dollar to go to a SJ Corporate Sharks game and be told by ushers to sit back in my $90 seat…

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