San Francisco Bulls almost up and running. Update.

The ECHL Board of Governors approved the addition of an expansion team, the San Francisco Bulls, to begin play in 2012-13. David Pollak, the Sharks beat writer for the San Jose Mercury News, wrote on Twitter that the Bulls will play in the Cow Palace, the Sharks’ home arena in 1991-92 and 1992-93.

Few other details are available at this moment, including who will own the team and how the Bulls will fit in to an eight-team Western Conference. Reign President Justin Kemp is at the Board meeting in Atlanta and wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Kemp has repeatedly said in the past that the Western Conference was hoping to expand (the Eastern Conference has 12 teams by contrast), but never mentioned San Francisco as a potential market. So it’s likely that the ownership group was a recent entry into the ECHL foray.

Update: Kemp gave me some more details about the Bulls, most of which will appear in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin. He said that he wasn’t aware of the ownership group’s emergence until the Board of Governors agenda crossed his desk “about a week ago.” All but one of the 20 Governors approved the Bulls’ membership.

Here’s what else we know about the team:

• Their logo:

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Their website.

• Their Facebook page.

• Their phone (415-469-9843) and fax (415-469-9683) numbers. I called their phone number just now and nobody answered.

• They are looking for an Executive Assistant. If you’re interested in living or working in San Francisco, I grew up about an hour south and can give you some pointers.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.
  • Mafia Wife

    What will this mean for the Reno group? Are they out now?

  • J.P. Hoornstra

    Not sure how/if this affects their strategy, but I doubt this means they would throw in the towel. They’re looking to capture a different market altogether in Reno.

  • Kevin Lentz

    Does anyone find it curious that they had their meeting in Atlanta? Another expansion on the way?

  • Steve

    @Kevin –

    1.) Atlanta is a major airport with direct flights from just about every ECHL city which makes it easy for owners and other personnel to get there.

    2.) There is already a team in the Atlanta area.

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