SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today that they have acquired forwards Christian Ouellet and Rylan Galiardi, and defenseman Cody Carlson from the Gwinnett Gladiators in exchange for forward Justin Bowers and defenseman Sacha Guimond.
“It’s always hard to move one of your best players, especially your captain, but we felt after the lockout our lineup was depleted,” said President/Head Coach Pat Curcio. We wanted to add some young skill to our team. When we lost Sacha to his call up, we were unsure we would get him back with the way he was playing, so we traded his rights for a young defenseman. We wish Justin and Sacha all the best the rest of the season and in the future.”
Ouellet, 21, a rookie, currently ranks fourth on Gwinnett, among active players, with eight goals in 31 games. He has also added four assists. The Alma, Quebec native finished his fourth season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2011-12. Last season he recorded 68 points (25 goals, 43 assists) in 68 games, split between the Gatineau Olympiques and Chicoutimi Sagueneens. In the 2012 post-season with Chicoutimi, Ouellet led his team with 13 goals and 18 points in 18 games. In 235 career QMJHL games, Ouellet recorded 162 points (61 goals, 101 assists).
Galiardi 26, is in his second year of professional hockey. He sits third on Gwinnett among active players with 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 39 games. In 2011-12, the Calgary, Alberta native finished fifth on the Kelly Cup-winning Florida Everblades with 47 points (18 goals, 29 assists) in 61 games. Galiardi also has two assists in 13 American Hockey League games, split between the San Antonio Rampage, Providence Bruins and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In four years with Minnesota State-Mankato, where he served as captain, Galiardi totaled 81 points (29 goals, 52 assists) in 140 games.
Carlson, 21, a rookie from Victoria, British Columbia, recorded eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) in 18 games on the blueline with Gwinnett this season. He completed his sixth season in the Western Hockey League in 2011-12, finishing with 135 points (25 goals, 110 assists) in 305 games. Carlson served as an alternate captain for the Prince George Cougars in 2011-12, ranking first on the team among defensemen in goals (9), assists (30) and points (39).
Bowers, captain of the Bulls, ranked third this season on the team in points with 29 (8 goals, 21 assists). Guimond, currently loaned to the Worcester Sharks, is currently tied for fourth among ECHL defensemen with 25 points (7 goals, 18 assists).
The Bulls hit the road to take on the Stockton Thunder on Friday. The game at 7:30 pm from Stockton Arena will be the first of many Bulls games to be played in Stockton. Follow along on KNBR.com and AmericaOneSports.com. The Bulls return home the next night to take on the Thunder at the Cow Palace at 7:15. The first 2,000 fans, 13 and over, receive an Orange Bulls Hat, courtesy of Seton Medical Center
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About the ECHL
The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states. Today, the league has 23 teams in 16 states. The ECHL celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012-13 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League. The ECHL has had 234 players reach the NHL over the last seven seasons. It’s the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. On opening day of the 2011-12, 83 former ECHL players were on NHL rosters. The ECHL teams are divided into the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. All teams play a 72-game schedule. For more information please visit http://www.echl.com/