Bombers Bring Back All-Time Goals Leader Urbanec
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the return of the franchise’s leading goal scorer, and the 2017-2018 squad’s leading point-getter, Tomas Urbanec. The 6’2, 181lb left shot winger is from Zlin, Czech Republic. Born on February 24, 1999, the veteran will return for his fifth season with the club. Astonishingly, he still has two seasons of junior eligibility, remaining.
Last year, Urbanec played in every game for the Bombers, finishing with a stat line of 60GP-48G-53A-101Pts. His 48 Goals tied the single-season franchise record, shared by Anders Romegard. His 101 Points made him just the fourth player to record a single-season point total in the triple-digits, for Long Beach (Filip Martinec, Tomas Nemeth - 2x, & Anton Bowallius). He needs just 15 points to become the Long Beach Bombers all-time career scoring leader. He already holds the franchise record for Goals, with 95. He is currently sitting at 23rd on the WSHL career goals and points lists.
In May, Urbanec was drafted by the Fargo Force, of the USHL. Most recently, he was with the Minnesota Wilderness, of the NAHL. Now, the Czech sniper will return to his second home, with his eyes on a Thorne Cup. Last year was a breakout season, for Urbanec, who increased his points-per-game from 1.13 in 2014-2017 to 1.68 in 2017-2018.
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Although this was unexpected, we are thrilled to add Tomas to what looks to be a very strong forward group. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is the best player in the league. Returning both Tomas and Artem Korolev is a scary thought, for our opponents, I’m sure. Tomas had some wonderful opportunities, this off-season, and for a variety of reasons, they didn’t work out. However, we are committed to his development and his future, so now it’s time to get back to work. I am eager to see just how far our top-6 forwards can push each other. I expect some healthy, and fierce, competition. It’s a very comforting feeling to bring back a player that has played in every role, every situation, every rink, and knows the ins and outs of everything we do in Long Beach."
Tomas’ Player Profile:https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/236811/tomas-urbanec
Q & A with Tomas Urbanec:
Last year, you came close to 50 goals, and did break the 100-point barrier. What led to your increase in production?
Consistency. I have never been as consistent as I was last season. My teammates were a big part of why I was able to reach that 100-point mark.
You have now been to two Thorne Cup Finals, and played in two semi-final games. What will you bring into this season, from those experiences?
I am hoping to use my experience to help in close and very important games, this season.
You had a whirlwind of an off-season, but now make your wake back to Long Beach. What is your mindset as you approach your fifth WSHL season?
I have learned throughout my junior career that not everything goes as planned, but I am going to continue to work hard to make opportunities come my way.
You know a handful of veteran returning players, for the Bombers. What are your expectations for some of your teammates, and for the team, as a whole?
I expect all our veteran returners to be leaders of this year’s team, and get us to the Thorne Cup.
With two seasons of junior eligibility still remaining, what are your individual goals, in the next couple seasons?
My goal is to play college hockey.