Fireworks rained down on the ice at the Cow Palace in October 2012 when the San Francisco Bulls debuted, but the struggling franchise could be gone as soon as next week, according to a report. (Photo by Colosseo EAS/This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.)

Report: San Francisco Bulls Call It Quits


The San Francisco Bulls, an affiliate of the San Jose Sharks that played in the ECHL, have folded, according to a report.

CSNBayArea.com obtained a copy of a letter sent to season ticket holders announcing the decision.

The letter was straightforward.

“We regret to inform you that the SF Bulls are ceasing operations, effective immediately.”

The team had been hoping to find new ownership, but when that possibility fell through, the team pulled the plug.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson issued a statement regarding the plight of the Bulls and the five players under contract to the Sharks who were playing for the team.

“The Bulls have been a great partner for our organization, both on the ice and as a partner in growing the game of hockey in Northern California. We wish everyone involved with the franchise the best in the future.

“The Sharks organization currently has five players on NHL or AHL contracts playing in San Francisco. Those players will be reassigned in the very near future.”

Those players include goalie J.P. Anderson and forward Sebastian Stalberg, who are on NHL contracts, along with defenseman Kyle Bigos, forward Riley Brace and defenseman Steven Tarasuk.

According to the ECHL, the Bulls were averaging 2,292 fans per game in 18 home dates this season at the Cow Palace, a dramatic drop from the 4,164 the team averaged in its inaugural season in 2012-13.

The Bulls played a little more than half of their scheduled 76 games this season and were in fourth place in the Pacific Division at 15-20-5. Last season, the Bulls were 25-38-9 and made the playoffs, losing in the first round to the Alaska Aces 4-1.

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