Bombers Announce 2017-2018 Captains

by Chris White

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce their captains for the 2017-2018 Western States Hockey League season: Amir Burguev, Erik Lundgren, and Fredrik Skatteboe. Both Burguev and Skatteboe are in their final season of junior hockey, while Lundgren is a ’98 birth year.

The Captain, Amir Burguev, is in his fourth season as a Bomber. The 6’4, 218lb Russian defenseman has played 150 games for Long Beach, including two deep Thorne Cup Playoff runs. He is back for one final chance to raise the trophy, in April. The Kazan-native has recorded 138 points, mostly as a defenseman. He was the Bombers 2014-2015 Rookie of the Year, and the 2015-2016 Top Offensive Player. Burguev has succeeded in several roles in for The Squad - shutdown defender, offensive defenseman, penalty killer, power play quarterback, high-scoring winger, and now, a leader. 

Newcomer Erik Lundgren has impressed in his short time with the club. The undersized defenseman is a quiet leader that competes as hard as anyone on the ice. He reminds the staff of Bombers alum, Jonathan Tordhall, with his two-way ability, strong skating, and offensive upside. However, he possesses an edge that will hopefully be mimicked by the rest of the Long Beach roster. Erik hails from Strängnäs, Sweden.

Also in his first season, Fredrik Skatteboe, has proven to be the team’s Swiss Army Knife. His ability to play forward or defense will be a valuable option for the team, in the early going. He is a big, physical player that should remind Bombers fans of alumni such as Robert Roslund, Jesper Wallenholm, and Martin Vachal. Fredrik is from Nyköping, and is a former teammate of alums Casper Faltskog and Marcus Sundell.

Long Beach Bombers Head Coach and General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Amir wearing the C was one of the easiest decisions we have made, in Long Beach. He knows the systems, he has lived the successes and failures, and he has observed a number of leaders. In my opinion, he has been doing a fantastic job, thus far. We will count on him to mentor young Russian star, Artem Korolev, as well as lead the defensive core. He will be leaned on to communicate various systems, plays, special teams, strategies, etc., early in the year. He seems to be taking this role very seriously, as well as understanding this is his legacy, in Long Beach. Erik was also a no-brainer, to wear a letter. He is as competitive as they come, and will also be a big producer. He has adapted quite well, in just a few weeks of playing in North America. He will play big minutes, and important minutes, and will be a leader by example. Fredrik will round-out the captains trio, and is one of those ‘team-first’ type of players that every successful roster needs to have. He will play wherever and whenever we ask him to, while adding a physical presence and professionalism. We have a lot of new players, and a much younger team than a season ago. So, these players will be relied on to create a winning atmosphere with competitiveness, commitment, selflessness, and focus. It’s easy to feel confident, before we’ve even played a game, but I think we are in a very good position with this leadership core. When the adversity arrives, we will see just how good this group can be.”

Amir Burguev’s signing article:

Erik Lundgren’s signing article:

Fredrik Skatteboe’s signing article: