SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today that their AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, recalled defenseman Mikael Tam and forward Daniil Tarasov. In addition, defenseman Joe Tolles has been signed, while forward Jonathan Lessard returns to the Bulls.
Lessard, 21, returns to the Bulls after signing with the team in the off-season. He saw game time during the pre-season, but did not play during the regular season before being released from his contract. Lessard turns pro after five seasons in the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League). A native of St.-Eustache, Quebec, Lessard tied or led his team in goal scoring on three occasions, also finishing first on the team in points in 2009-10. An alternate captain for two seasons with Acadie-Bathurst, Lessard compiled 200 points (115 goals, 85 assists) in 254 games.
Tolles, 23, is in his second season of professional hockey. The Toledo, Ohio, native played in 45 games in the ECHL over the past two seasons with the Florida Everblades, Wheeling Nailers and Kalamazoo Wings, recording eight points (1 goal, 7 assists). The 6-foot, 181-pound Tolles began the 2012-13 season with the Fort Worth Brahmas of the Central Hockey League. While in Texas, he produced three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 33 games. Prior to turning pro, Tolles played two seasons with Brock University of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
Tam, 21, a rookie, played in 16 games with the Bulls, recording six points (1 goal, 5 assists). His first professional goal came on December 17 at HP Pavilion. He also suited up in nine games with Worcester this season. Tarasov, 21, played in 17 games with the Bulls, totaling 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists). He also skated in one game with Worcester this season, his first as a professional.
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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/