San Francisco, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced the winners of the National Anthem Tryouts at PIER 39 on Saturday afternoon. Selected to perform the National Anthem at a 2012-13 SF Bulls were Ariel Bowser, Tracy Sarmiento, Maddy Jones, Olivia Gallion, Jarren Santos, Jimmy Leslie and Keith Love. Determining the winners were a panel of guest judges: KGO ABC7 News Anchor Dan Ashley, Comcast SportsNet’s San Jose Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz, KRON 4 News Anchor Vicki Liviakis and from BRAVO’s Miss Advised Emily Morse.
Following the tryouts, the public had a chance to receive autographs of Bulls forwards Peter Sivak and Hans Benson, Bulls President and Head Coach Pat Curcio, and assistant coach Tom Pederson.
The 29 contestants performed 30 seconds of the National Anthem, and a verse and chorus of a song of their choice. Originally, six contestants were to be selected but the judges elected to choose an extra winner due to the high level of the performances.
“Maybe I’ve seen American Idol too many times, but I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of talent today,” said Kurz. “We couldn’t whittle it down to just six, so we added a well-deserved seventh winner.”
Kurz can be found covering the San Jose Sharks on Comcast SportsNet’s SportsNet Central, Chronicle Live, Sharks Pregame Live and Postgame Live and other NHL related programming. Kurz also contributes to CBSBayArea.com and CSNCalifornia.com.
Morse can be seen as a personality on BRAVO’s Miss Advised. She has also launched the Sex with Emily show and authored “Hot Sex: Over 200 Things You Can Try Tonight.”
Liviakis is an anchor and general assignment reporter for KRON 4. Her work has earned her an Emmy Award for Best Entertainment Program.
About the San Francisco Bulls
The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team will officially take the ice as an expansion team of the ECH-L 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.
SF Bulls season tickets start as low as $12.50 a 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. 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/