Bombers Add Goaltending Depth With Signing of Arnold

by Ron White

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of Canadian goaltender, Rhett Arnold. The 5’10, 155lb netminder hails from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Last season, Arnold played for the Saskatoon Steel U18 in the Centre Four Hockey League. He has a December 28, 1999 birth date.

 

Arnold’s Saskatoon Steel team struggled on way to a sub-.500 record of 11-15-2, finishing 10th in the regular season standings. However, they did qualify for playoffs, with Arnold logging both starts in the best-of-three series loss. His 972 Minutes Played were good for 6th in the league. Arnold ended the season with a 3.64 Goals Against Average, but managed to have a 2.86 GAA against the Top-5 teams in the CFHL. In fact, after the first month of the season, that number dipped to a 1.82GAA against the top teams.

 

The young back stop will likely not face the same quantity of shots against, this season, but he will be making a big jump up the hockey ladder. This season will be Arnold’s rookie junior year, which should lead to an uptick in his development, as he competes against the talented Bombers lineup on a daily basis.

 

Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “We are excited to add a character young player in Rhett Arnold. The Saskatoon connection with Coach Fobel led us to this signing, and we are looking forward to developing Rhett at the junior level. Rhett is a competitive goalie, much like three-year veteran, Domenic Bosetti. We’ll see how he adjusts to junior hockey, living away from home, competing against twenty year-olds, and the daily grind. I expect him to handle it well, based on what I know, and what I have seen. We feel he has the internal makeup to be a good fit with our club.”

 

 

Rhett’s Player Profile Page:http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=510893

 

 

 

Q & A with Rhett Arnold:

 

 

Last season, you played the 6th-most minutes among goaltenders. In what ways do you feel you grew most, with that type of playing time?

 

I felt that I grew as a much better puck handler last  season and I learned to control the play much better, whether that would be taking whistles when i see my teammates are tired, helping the defense with dump ins and stooping the puck for them or more communication with in the D zone. 

 

 

You also started both of your team's playoff games. How did you feel in those high-pressure situations?

 

I felt the same as I do for any game, I get a little nervous before the game but that is it. If anything those high pressure games give me more confidence knowing that my coach is starting me and believes in me that I can get the job done. 

 

 

How did you find out about the Long Beach Bombers, and become interested in the organization?

 

I learned about the team through my dad’s friend. He knows Brennan and got us in contact. I became interested in the team once I found out that the Bombers were in need of a goalie, and the possibility of living in California.

 

 

What parts of your game are you most focused on developing, in your first year of junior hockey?

 

I am most focused on further developing my skating this season. I don't think one can ever be a good enough skater and the stronger the skater I am the better goaltender I will be.  

 

 

What are you most excited about, on and off the ice, for the upcoming season?

 

The two things I am most excited about this season are being able to work with a full-time goalie coach at practice and being able to live in California!