Bombers Bring Back Czech Sniper Urbanec
The Long Beach Bombers are pleased to announce the signing of veteran forward, Tomas Urbanec. The 6’1, 178lb lefty hails from Zlin, Czech Republic. Prior to his 18th birthday, Urbanec had already compiled a WSHL career stat line of: 105GP-47G-72A-119Pts. Last year, Urbanec transferred to the U18AAA Los Angeles Jr Kings, after the Las Vegas Showcase. This will be his fourth season of WSHL action.
In 2014-2015, the Long Beach Bombers debuted Urbanec at the WSHL’s Las Vegas Showcase, as a fifteen year-old. Alongside Bombers’ greats, Filip Martinec and Tomas Nemeth, he had 5 assists in a pair of games. He went on to finish the season with 16 points in 17 games played. The next season, Urbanec put up 25 Goals and 41 Assists in 57 Games, good for 3rd on the team, and worthy of a WSHL All-Star Game selection. He also notched his first Thorne Cup Playoff point, en route to 5 assists in 6 games. He also recorded 2G-4A on the Power Play, along with 4G Shorthanded. This past season, Urbanec had racked up 37 Points in 29 Games Played, including 19 Goals. One of his biggest improvements was on the Power Play, where he scored 8 Goals and added 6 Assists. Once again proving lethal on the Penalty Kill, Urbanec had 4G-1A, at the halfway point, His 4 SHG ended up tying him for the team lead.
Now, no longer a youngster on the roster, Urbanec will be counted on as not only a top point producer, but also as a leader and veteran. After wining the Bombers Rookie of the Year award in 2015-2016, Urbanec has continually developed physically, and as a hockey player. His points-per-game has increased each season, and he is primed for a career year. The pure goal scorer comes into the season having played the 3rd-most WSHL games on the roster (Amir Burguev - 150 & Oleg Senko - 108).
Veteran goaltender, Domenic Bosetti, noted, “Tomas is a great player who has developed well over the past few years. Hopefully, he can help lead the team with a bigger role next year, to capture the Thorne Cup.”
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, added, “We couldn’t be happier with Tomas’ decision to return for another season in Long Beach. He plays in every situation, for us, and is among the league’s best on special teams. We certainly missed him at the Thorne Cup Finals, but we had already decided to take a chance on allowing him to play at the U18 level. Tomas has always been one of the youngest players on the team, which won’t be the case, this season. No one denies his talent, but we will be banking on him being consistent, and becoming a bigger part of the group structure. He is a hard-working young man, both on and off the ice, and he has carved out this career, all on his own. I would not be shocked one bit if Tomas put up some gaudy numbers, this year. He is one of the most dedicated hockey players to ever put on a Bombers jersey, and he sets high standards and goals for himself. With the losses of players like Kirill Markevich, Anton Bowallius, Nils Holterberg, Robert Roslund, Roman Serafimovich, Ludwig Rosen, and Joel Larsson, it was imperative that we add some top-6 talent. Tomas is a bonafide goal scorer that can be the best player on the ice when he is competing shift-in and shift-out. It’s a very comforting feeling to know that, despite our roster turnover, no matter what the situation is, we can put #24 on the ice. He has the potential to be the best player in the league, but it’s time to throw the word ‘potential’ out the window, and just do it.”
Tomas’ Player Profile Page:http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=236811
Q & A with Tomas Urbanec:
You have played the 3rd-most WSHL games on the roster (105). In what ways have you most developed over your time in Long Beach?
I have for sure developed as a better hockey player, but most importantly, I think I have learned how to deal with pressure; but I still need to continue to work on that.
Last year, you had 19 goals in 29 games played. That was well above your pace from the two seasons prior. What led to the increase in production, and what are your expectations for this season?
I think it was because I got more comfortable on the ice, and with the team, than any another season before. I had good teammates, which helped me to score those goals.
You still have the option to play U18-AAA youth hockey. Why did you choose to sign with the Bombers?
I think junior hockey is better for me. I have learned a lot of stuff playing for Long Beach, and I think there is still much more I can learn. In youth hockey, I don't think I would learn anything new.
What are you looking to improve on this year, as an individual, and how do you intend to do it?
I am looking to improve on reacting to pressure better, and grow up as a person.
You will be among the team's veterans, in terms of time spent with the team and in the league. Do you have a different mindset as you return for this season?
Yes I do, I will have to focus more on difficult situations on ice, and learn how to deal with all of them.