Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sharks Assign Former Viper Bigos To East Coast Hockey League:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Worcester Sharks have assigned former Vernon Vipers defenceman Kyle Bigos to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) San Francisco Bulls.  In 10 games this season with the Bulls Bigos has (1-2-3).

The Edmonton Oilers traded Bigos to San Jose for Lee Moffie on July 7th 2013.  The San Jose Sharks farm club the American Hockey League (AHL) Worcester Sharks signed Bigos on July, 16th 2013.  Bigos attended the San Jose Sharks Training Camp this season but was released going back to the American Hockey League where he was then assigned to the East Coast Hockey League San Francisco Bulls.

Bigos finished his fourth year at Merrimack College last season. In 30 regular season games Bigos collected (4-7-11). Bigos played two seasons in Vernon (2007-2009) collecting (10-40-50) in 166 regular season games with the Vipers. Bigos an assistant captain in his second and final season with the Vipers was drafted 99th overall by the NHL Edmonton Oilers in the 4th round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Bigos attended the Oilers Developement Camp two out of the last three years.

Kyle Bigos's Player Profile: 

This is posted on the Bulls website:

California Native Among Three Assigned by Worcester to Bulls

October 1, 2013

By jasonl

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, assigned goaltender JP Anderson, defenseman Kyle Bigos (BIG-ohs) and center Chris Crane to the Bulls.

Anderson, 21, joins the Bulls fresh off of finishing his fifth season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The 5-foot, 11-inch 185-pound native of Toronto, Ontario went 26-21-5 with a 3.31 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage with the Sarnia Sting in 2012-13. Anderson’s best season came in 2010-11, when he led the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors to a conference title and a berth in the OHL final, where they lost in seven games to the Owen Sound Attack. That season, Anderson went 38-10-1 with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. He was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team in 2008-09 and won the Dave Pinkney Trophy for Top Team Goaltending in 2010 and 2011.

Bigos, 24, enters his first year of professional hockey, after completing four years at Merrimack College. The 6-foot, 4-inch, 235-pound, native of Upland, California was named alternate captain of Merrimack in 2012-13. He finished with 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in 30 games. In 2010-11, the fourth-round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers helped lead Merrimack to an NCAA berth. In 133 career collegiate games, Bigos totaled 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists) and 457 penalty minutes.

Crane, 21, played eight games with the Worcester Sharks last season after finishing his three-year career at Ohio State University. The 6-foot, 190-pound, native of West Chester, Ohio, was drafted by San Jose in the seventh round (200th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. His best season came in 2011-12, when he tied for the team lead with 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 35 games. In 110 career collegiate games, Crane totaled 43 points (24 goals, 19 assists) and 136 penalty minutes.

About the ECHL

The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states.  Today, the league has 22 teams in 15 states. The ECHL celebrated 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. A total of 256 players from the ECHL have made it to the NHL over the last eight seasons. The ECHL is the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. On opening day of the 2012-13 season, 87 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

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