SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today that defenseman Mikael Tam and goaltender Thomas Heemskerk were assigned to the Bulls by their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Worcester Sharks. Both players were participating in Worcester’s Training Camp. Also, right wing Thomas Beauregard was acquired from the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears in exchange for future considerations.
Tam, 21, recorded 140 points (53-87-140) over five seasons in 318 games with the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL. The Quebec City, Quebec native, led all Remparts defensemen last season with 15 goals and led the club with 106 penalty minutes.
Heemskerk, 22, played in his first season in the pros last year as a member of the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL and Worcester. The Chilliwack, British Columbia native went 13-12-0 with the Thunder. Heemskerk ranked tied for third in Western Hockey League (WHL) with 36 wins in 2010-11 with Moose Jaw. In five seasons in the WHL, Heemskerk went 91-58-9 with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Heemskerk has attended San Jose Sharks Training Camp.
Beauregard, 26, brings five years of professional experience and a Kelly Cup to the Bulls lineup. The Montreal, Quebec native helped lead the Cincinnati Cyclones to the Kelly Cup in 2007-08. The 5-foot, 11-inches, right-handed shot has been among the team leaders throughout his pro career. Last season, he ranked second on Wichita of the Central Hockey League in points (59) in 60 games. In 2009-10, he led Wheeling of the ECHL in goals (34). Beauregard, in his first pro season in 2007-08, led Cincinnati in goals with 31. He has also played in 10 AHL games between Hamilton and Springfield.
The Bulls are set to begin their inaugural season on Friday, October 12 at 7:15 pm at the Cow Palace. Tickets for the best seats are running low. Call 855-SF-BULLS or visit sfbulls.com/tickets to get tickets today.
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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/