Bulls fold, ECHL redrafts schedule Sharks' torrid play in HL hurt Bulls

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif – Following a desperate search for new ownership and/or relief from their cruSan Francisco Bulls logoshing debt and unfavourable lease agreement with the Cow Palace, the San Francisco Bulls have folded.

The Bulls, in their second season in the ECHL, could not hang on to survive the 2013-14 season.

The Professional Hockey’s Association (PHPA) announced today that all Bulls players were granted immediate free agent status.

“The Bulls have been a great partner for our organization, both on the ice and as a partner in growing the game of hockey in Northern California,” San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “We wish everyone involved with the franchise the best in the future.”

The Sharks had five players on the Bulls roster at the time the franchise folded including J.P. Anderson, Kyle Bigos, Riley Brace, Sebastian Stalberg and Steven Tarasuk.

Kyle Bigos - Tyler Beskorowany

Kyle Bigos – Tyler Beskorowany

The Bulls, who fell 32 games short of completing their second season, benefited when their inaugural year coincided with the NHL lockout, but were not able to make a go of it financially.

“Bringing hockey to San Francisco was a dream,” said Pat Curcio, president and coach of the Bulls. “We have great talent on our team, and had a great vision for what the team could be. Things didn’t pan out the way we had hoped. It’s sad, and disconcerting, but we’re unfortunately left with no other choice at this point. ”

The ECHL will now redraft their schedule to address the loss of the 32 games remaining on the Bulls schedule.

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