Bombers Bolster Thorne Cup Hopes At Deadline

by Bombers Staff


The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the WSHL Trade Deadline acquisitions of Lukas Moravsky, Matthew Reyes, & Melwin Thorsson. The three players formerly played for the rival Valencia Flyers. In the multi-player blockbuster deal, the Bombers parted ways with Erik Ehrmantraut, Tanner Hallett, Johnny Hoang, Connor Mullins, & Joseph Wheeler. Recent Bombers acquisition, goaltender Spencer Kozlowski, was also part of the trade.


The aforementioned Kozlowski, of Vancouver, British Columbia, is a twenty year-old netminder that has won both of his first two starts, for Long Beach. He has posted a .902 Save Percentage, facing Ontario in each game. He will give Long Beach a very strong one-two punch, along with veteran Domenic Bosetti.

Spencer's Acquisition Article:

http://www.jrbombers.org/news/bombers-add-wshl-veteran-goalie-kozlowski


Lukas Moravsky, who began his WSHL career with the El Paso Rhinos, will look to make a return to his former home, in April, albeit with a different uniform. The 6’1, 215lb left-shot defenseman is from Velky Krtis, Slovakia. He recently celebrated his twenty-first birthday, on January 24. Moravsky got a taste of North American junior hockey, last year, when he played part of the season in the GMHL, in Canada. This season, the physical defender has accumulated 4G-5A-9Pts in 25 Games Played, along with 63PIMs. In his brief four-game stint with Valencia, he faced the Phoenix Knights in a three-game series, and also played against Long Beach. 


Lukas’ Player Profile Page:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=225508



Matthew Reyes is a veteran defenseman that Long Beach has been eyeing for several weeks, as the WSHL Trade Deadline approached. With 116 WSHL games under his belt, in addition to 59 junior games in the KIJHL and PIJHL, both in Western Canada, he is the type of seasoned vet that can log important minutes in a deep playoff run. Well-known for his shot-blocking prowess and physicality, the twenty-one year old right-shot stands 6’3, weighing 190lbs. A native of Delta, British Columbia, Matthew celebrated his birthday on February 3. Last season, he competed in 8 Thorne Cup Playoffs games, including The Finals in Ogden. Reyes is enjoying his most productive offensive season, with 2G-25A-27Pts in 35 Games Played. 


Matthew’s Player Profile Page:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=280279



Melwin Thorsson hails from Huddinge, Sweden, near Stockholm, and is in his second season of WSHL play. After a solid rookie campaign of 20G-32A-52Pts in 45 Games Played, he has turned it up a notch, this season. His current stat line of 13G-37A-50Pts in 36 Games Played places him 5th in scoring, on the Long Beach roster. The Bombers will be Thorsson’s fifth WSHL franchise (Springfield, Superior, Las Vegas, & Valencia). The twenty year-old skilled left-shot forward is 5’11, 165lbs. Thorsson is a legitimate top-6 type of playmaker. Last season, he competed in 4 Thorne Cup Playoffs games, with the Las Vegas Storm, losing to Long Beach in the Second Round.


Melwin’s Player Profile Page:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=244650



Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “We are thrilled to have been able to pull-off this deal, which is the biggest in franchise history (9 players). We have seen some holes in our roster, that we did not feel was going to allow us to contend for a Thorne Cup. However, by picking up two solid twenty-one year old defensemen, a premier skilled forward, and a number one goaltender, we are very confident we have addressed our needs, and given ourselves a chance to go to El Paso, in April. Reyes is going to improve our Penalty Kill, and give us a real veteran presence on the back end. He is a defensive-defenseman that has a big body, and should be exactly what we have been hoping for, out of our 3rd pair. Moravsky is a physical defenseman that one could liken to Pavel Omelka. If he can simplify his game, and maintain his physical play, he will be a terrific add for us. Thorsson is a high-end playmaker, and we will be using the last 10 games to find out if he has any chemistry with some of our top guys. He also had 6 points in 4 playoff games, last season, which is a nice bonus. Kozlowski has been solid as a rock, thus far, and is going to afford us not only the chance to win when he is in net, but also to give Bosetti some rest. I am excited to see how those two can push each other, as they compete to earn the start, come playoff time. We had to move some younger players that have a lot of promise, and are very good young men. However, we are very confident that the addition of these four 1997 birth-year players was in our best interest, if we are going to make a run at the cup.”