San Francisco, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today the signing of left wing . The Bulls’ roster has reached 13 players, including 10 forwards, for the inaugural 2012-13 season.
Carter, 25, is set to begin his first full professional season. The Mississauga, Ontario native has played in 14 ECHL games with Cincinnati and Phoenix. After finishing his career as an alternate captain and a two-time Second Team CIS All-Star with the University of Prince Edward Island (PEI) of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), Carter spent the end of the 2011-12 season with Cincinnati, finishing with five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in 11 games.
“Matt was one of the top forwards in all of the Canadian college ranks,” said SF Bulls President and Head Coach Pat Curcio. “After a very productive four years at the college level, Matt’s ready to make the jump to the pro game. He showed strong signs of that with his stint with Cincinnati. He’s been a leader everywhere.”
At 6-foot, 1-inches and 224 pounds, Carter led PEI in scoring his third and final seasons, finishing with 44 points in 28 games in 2010-11 and 38 points in 28 games in 2011-12. He tied for first in the Atlantic University Sport Conference in scoring 2010-11 and ranked second in the conference in 2011-12. Carter ranked second on PEI in scoring his first two seasons. In his four years with PEI, Carter totaled 144 points (69 goals, 75 assists) in 111 games. Prior to playing with PEI, Carter led Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League with 30 goals and 54 points in 61 games in 2007-08.
“I’m looking forward to starting my pro career with a brand new team,” said Carter. ”I’m really excited about the buzz I’m hearing about the team. I’ve heard great things from other players about playing under Pat. From what I’ve seen so far, he’s very passionate and putting together a good team.”
About the San Francisco Bulls
The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team will officially take the ice as an expansion team of the ECHL on October 12. The Bulls are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The Bulls are part of the Western Conference of the ECHL, and will play a 72-game schedule with 36 home games to take place at the legendary Cow Palace. The ECHL’s Western Conference includes the following member teams and their NHL affiliates: Colorado Eagles (Winnipeg Jets), Idaho Steelheads (Dallas Stars), Utah Grizzlies (Calgary Flames), Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings), Stockton Thunder (Edmonton Oilers), Alaska Aces, Bakersfield Condors and Las Vegas Wranglers. For more information about The San Francisco Bulls, including Season Ticket opportunities and corporate partnerships, please visit http://sfbulls.com or call 415-469-9843.
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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 season, 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/