Bombers Name 25th Anniversary Season Captains
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce their captains for the 2018-2019 Western States Hockey League 25th Anniversary season. The Squad will play their first game of the season, tomorrow night, Friday, at 6:30pm. The Bombers will host the San Diego Sabers, prior to a Saturday rematch, in Escondido. Diego Glück will take to the ice, tomorrow, wearing the “C” for the home squad. Glück is just the third European-born captain in franchise history, and no surprise, the first Italian-born captain, let alone player.
Diego Glück hails from Selva di Val Gardena, in the Italian Alps. The 6’2, 202-lb center was born August 29, 1999. Last season, he led his U19 team in scoring, with 41 Points in 20 Games Played. His 41 Points were 3rd-most in the league. The youngster also played 33 Games in the AlpsHL pro league, for HC Gherdëina. In 2017, Glück competed in the World Junior Championships, representing Italy at both the U18 and U20 levels. Glück made an 8-hour drive to attend the Bombers Czech-Slovak Prospect Camp, this May, where he impressed the Long Beach staff. Bombers Head Coach, Chris White, commented, “Diego was the natural choice to wear the C, for us. Our entire staff felt strongly about that. He is extremely mature, selfless, and professional. He gets along great with his teammates, the coaches, and his billets. He plays a very North American power forward type of game, and will do whatever it takes to win. He has been a leader on his line, which has looked fantastic, and carries himself like a seasoned vet. We’re going to be using him in almost all situations, and he is going to be a very difficult player to face, for our opponents. I think Diego will do a wonderful job, and we look forward to watching him grow in this new role.”
Richard Lindelöf, from Kumla, Sweden, is a 6’0, 180-lb defenseman. Lindelöf was born April 27, 1999, and played last season for IFK Hallsberg J20. Richard’s U16 club was BIK Karlskoga, which is the same organization that developed former Bombers, Marcus Viitanen and Erik Fagerlin. Lindelöf attended the same Scandinavian Prospects Camp as Karlsson, in Mölndal, Sweden. Coach White stated, “Richard has created one of those, ‘I didn’t see this coming’ moments, for us. That being said, the entire staff was in agreement, about naming him a captain. His intangibles are fantastic. He is constantly trying to better himself. He is focused, and plays within himself. He is a defensive defenseman, but he certainly possesses some offensive upside. He has plenty of size and skill, but plays a very consistent game. He’s a heart and soul kind of guy, that is mature beyond his years. We think Richard is going to play some very important shifts, and games, for the team. He is much better than I anticipated he would be, and that’s without even factoring in his leadership qualities. We’re very eager to watch the season unfold for Richard.”
Emil Karlsson is a 6’0, 192-lb defenseman, born April 2, 1998 in Arvika, Sweden. Karlsson has played at the highest level of J20 hockey, in Sweden, known as SuperElit. He started this past season with Leksands IF, which is the former club of NHLers Filip Forsberg and Victor Rask. He also competed in the famed TV-Pucken tournament, for Sweden’s top 15 year-olds. His cousin, Jacob de la Rose, plays for the Montreal Canadiens. Karlsson attended the Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camp, in April. Coach White said, “Emil has really stepped up in the past month. He reminds me of former Bombers, Jonathan Tordhall or Micke Lengmo. He is a thick defender that plays a three-zone game, and can really fire the puck. If we can take away the goalie’s eyes, this season, I wouldn’t be surprised if Emil scores 20+ goals. He’s not going to be the most vocal leader, but I think his résumé and talent command respect. He is in his final year of junior hockey, and is interested in playing at the collegiate level. I think he is he has the potential to be one heck of a college defenseman, if he continues to develop throughout the year. It’s pretty simple why we chose Emil to wear an A: he works hard, he listens and adjusts, and he’s going to play a lot of important minutes for us.”
Will Daigneault is a veteran winger, back for his second season. The 5’10, 165-lb speedster is from Port Alberni, in British Columbia, Canada. Born on May 7, 1998, Daigneault registered a stat line of 32GP-4G-9A-13Pts-100PIMs. The former national-competitive speed skater came to the Bombers after playing for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings, of the VIJHL. Coach White added, “Willie is one of those players that will take a bullet for a teammate, and for the team. He gives his teammates a lot of confidence on the ice, and opens up a lot of space for our skill players. Willie is the fastest player I’ve ever been on the ice with, and he backs down from no one. I think we’re going to see a huge uptick in production from him, this year. This is his final season of a long junior career, and we’re looking for him to take that next step as a leader. He played half a season here, so he knows the routine, and will help the other captains as they adjust in first year overseas.”