SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today left wing Ryane Clowe has been signed and will join the team on Thursday, November 8 for practice. Clowe has spent the last six full seasons playing as a member of the San Jose Sharks.
“We’re excited to have a player of Ryane’s caliber join the team,” said Bulls President/Head Coach Pat Curcio. “We look forward to having him around the locker room, as he gets back into game shape. The rest of the players on the team will have a chance to learn from his work ethic.”
Clowe, 30, brings nine years of professional experience, including 395 NHL games with the Sharks, to the Bulls roster. In his NHL career, Clowe has amassed 260 points (101 goals, 159 assists) and 488 penalty minutes. In each of the past four seasons, Clowe has totaled at least 50 points. He recorded a career-high 24 goals and 62 points in 2010-11. That season he ranked fourth on the team in goals and fifth in points. The Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, native recorded 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) in 76 games with the Sharks in 2011-12.
A sixth-round draft pick (175th overall) by San Jose in 2001, Clowe, over the past two seasons, has served as one of the Sharks’ alternate captains. Clowe has helped lead the Sharks to the Stanley Cup playoffs in all seven of his seasons with the team. He was instrumental in leading the team to back-to-back Western Conference finals in 2009-10 and 2010-11. He has totaled 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists) in 68 playoff games with the Sharks. Prior to his NHL career, Clowe recorded 136 points (51 goals, 85 assists) in 181 games with the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Over the past four summers, Clowe has teamed up with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Teddy Purcell to organize the Clowe, Purcell & Friends Golf Classic to help raise money for the REAL Program. The program provides underprivileged kids services to help play sports and participate in other activities in his hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland. The charity event has raised nearly $400,000 over the past four years.
The Bulls return home to the Cow Palace on Friday, November 9 for a Bulls Inaugural Season Hat Giveaway, courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle, against the Stockton Thunder. On Saturday, November 10, it’s Team Poster Giveaway, courtesy of Stayingahead.com, when the Bulls take on the Ontario Reign. The puck drops at 7:15 pm for both games. Call up the Bulls office at 855-SF-BULLS (855-732-8557) to find out about group rates. Get to the game by public transportation. Free SF Bulls shuttles from the Balboa Park BART/Muni station take you to and from the Cow Palace on game days, beginning 90 minutes before the drop of the puck.
SF Bulls Season Tickets start at less than $12 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. Individual tickets are now on sale. Click here to find out more or call 415-469-9843.
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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/