SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today that Torrey Mitchell and Ryane Clowe have been released. They will return to their respective NHL teams, the Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks. In addition, Andrew Crescenzi and Jamie Devane have been recalled to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL by the Toronto Maple Leafs The end of the NHL Lockout has triggered widespread movement around the ECHL.
Clowe, 29, signed with the Bulls on November 6. He practiced with the team and served as an assistant coach throughout his time in San Francisco. He will return to San Jose where he serves as an alternate captain. Mitchell, 27, played in two games with the Bulls, scoring a goal in his first game on January 2. After spending the past five seasons in San Jose, he will join his new home with the Wild.
“We can’t thank Ryane and Torrey enough for the professionalism they brought to the rink day in and day out while they were with the Bulls,” said Bulls President and Head Coach Pat Curcio. “We wish them all the best this season and beyond in the NHL. In particular, we look forward to seeing Ryane down the road at HP Pavilion, lighting it up for our affiliate.”
Crescenzi, 20, played in 23 games for the Bulls, totaling 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists). Devane, 21, recorded one goal and 45 penalty minutes in 12 games with the Bulls. Both Crescenzi and Devane were sent to the Bulls, courtesy of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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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/