SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today the signing of left wings Kelsey Wilson and Evan Barlow. In addition, the Bulls have acquired defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin from the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL in exchange for right wing Keaton Turkiewicz. Also, forwards Thomas Beauregard and Jonathan Lessard, and defenseman Martin Lee have been released.
Wilson, 26, brings five years of American Hockey League (AHL) experience to the Bulls. He has played in 365 career AHL games with Milwaukee and Toronto, producing 106 points (47 goals, 59 assists) and 795 penalty minutes. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native ranked second on Toronto last season with 96 penalty minutes. He recorded a career high 15 goals and 17 assists with Milwaukee in 2008-09. He also spent one year (2009-10) playing in Salzburg, in Austria’s top league.
Barlow, 26, enters his fourth year of professional hockey, having been acquired last week from the Elmira Jackals. The Cornell University product was an ECHL All-Star with the Western Conference champion Idaho Steelheads in 2009-10. He also earned ECHL All-Rookie Team honors the same year, amassing 75 points in 58 games played. A native of Strathmore, Alberta, Barlow produced 30 points in 57 games last season with San Antonio of the AHL.
Danis-Pepin, 24, was a second-round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2006. The 6-foot, 7-inch, Montreal, Quebec native is in this fourth professional season. He split last season with Rockford of the AHL and Toledo of the ECHL. Danis-Pepin has 75 games of AHL and 73 games of ECHL experience. Prior to turning pro, he played four years with the University of Maine, captaining the team in his senior year.
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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/