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Tam and Tarasov Recalled by Worcester; Lessard Re-Joins Bulls, Tolles Signed

January 9, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) - San Francisco Bulls News Release

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.

The Bulls return to action this Thursday, when they host the Idaho Steelheads for Thirsty Thursday at the Cow Palace. At select concessions, purchase two 12 ounce domestic draft beers and get BOTH half off.

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