Apr 3, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers (60) shoots the puck on the Dallas Stars net during the game at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Depth Diving ~ An Intro

I’m still up in Canada today taking an easy day to do some homework and get caught up on life so to speak, and decided to take a little beer run to Quebec. While I was out venturing around an area where people only seemed to want to speak French to me, the ECHL San Francisco Bulls were announcing the signings of three players. Two boys coming from collegiate level play and one from the QMJHL. It struck me as I was reading their bios that many fans in the Bay may not be 100% familiar with how Canadian university and junior leagues work. I have decided to become more educated about Canadian development leagues for you and share my knowledge as I learn new stuff. Obviously I am going to concentrate on the schools and leagues our beloved Sharks have come from. I will take a look at our complete roster and move from there. Obviously we will be talking about the QMJHL, the OHL, multiple Canadian Universities and how they work, and quite possibly some American development schools and leagues. I hope you are all ready for this little journey into finding out where our guys came from and will continue to come from.

I will probably start with the QMJHL seeing as Jonathan Lessard, the youngest of the three forwards signed to the San Francisco Bulls hails from the league. Why the concentration on the Bulls? Well, if you missed the news, the ECHL Bulls are now affiliated with the Sharks. It is not uncommon to see ECHL players end up in the NHL, just ask Alex Stalock, who made his come back last season playing a handful of games with the Stockton Thunder, even Jonathan Quick of the LA Kings is an ECHL alum.

For lack of a better explanation we’ll call these features “Depth Diving” and take some pretty long looks at the deepest parts of the hockey ocean our Sharks once swam in.

~ALH

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