SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today that the Bulls will take on the Stockton Thunder on Monday, December 17 at 7:30 pm for a regular season game at HP Pavilion in San Jose. The game is free for Bulls ticket package holders and replaces the Wednesday, January 16 game at the Cow Palace.
“We are extremely excited to host one of our regular season games at the home of the Sharks,” said President/Head Coach Pat Curcio. “We can’t thank the Sharks organization enough for providing us with this unique opportunity. We hope Bulls and Sharks fans can enjoy what will be a great experience on December 17.”
The Sharks Foundation will be hosting a “Toys for Tots” drive at the North and South Entrances of HP Pavilion. Guests can bring a new and unwrapped toy or make a monetary donation to support those less fortunate during the holiday season. All donors will receive a raffle ticket for prize drawings to held that night.
SF Bulls full season ticket package holders will be contacted shortly about receiving their free ticket to the game at HP Pavilion. Detailed information on obtaining tickets for Bulls and Sharks season ticket holders will be e-mailed directly very soon. Complimentary tickets for the general public that can be printed at home will be made available, space permitting, at ticketmaster.com, beginning on Wednesday, December 12 at 10 am. All guests MUST have a ticket to enter the building. Parking for the event is free for all attendees on a first-come first-served basis in HP Pavilion-controlled parking.
In celebration of hockey in the Bay Area, HP Pavilion will host its first-ever ECHL game. It will be the first ECHL game hosted by an NHL arena since the Peoria Rivermen took on the Wheeling Nailers at the Mellon Arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 20, 2002. The Bulls and Sharks connection now comes full circle. The Sharks played their first two seasons (1991-93) at the Cow Palace, before moving to San Jose.
The Bulls currently have four San Jose or Worcester Sharks prospects on their roster. Goaltender Thomas Heemskerk and forward Marek Viedensky were assigned to the Bulls by San Jose. Goaltender Taylor Nelson and forward Daniil Tarasov were loaned by Worcester.
SF Bulls Season Tickets start at less than $12 per seat and include the first four games of the Kelly Cup Playoffs, savings on parking, and special invitations to “Meet The Team” and Chalk Talk Events. Individual tickets are now on sale. Click here to find out more or call 415-469-9843.
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/