Bombers Reach Agreement With Swedish Forward William Wiman

by Ron White

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce their 5th new players signing for the upcoming season, Swedish forward, William Wiman. The 5’10, 170lb left-shot hails from Söderhamn, near Stockholm. His March 28, 1997 birthdate will make him one of the team’s elder statesmen. Wiman attended the Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camp in Sollentuna, just a few months ago.

 

Last season, Wiman split the year between Söderhamn at the Division 2 senior level, and Hudiksvalls HC at the J20 Elit level. Wiman got 17 games, in total, under his belt at the senior level. Combined, he had 2G-2A in 16GP during the regular season. In 2015-2016, Wiman had 11 Points in 26 Games for Hudiksvalls’ J20 Elit team. The season prior, Wiman’s Hudiksvall J18 Div-1 team was promoted to J18, in part due to his 5 Points in 6 Qualification Games.

 

Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, said, “Wille has been progressing up the hockey ladder, the past few years, and got a taste of senior hockey, this season. He is a hard-working twenty-year-old that knows he needs to show up ready to compete and do the little things. I really appreciate Wille’s mindset and desire to do whatever it takes to earn his spot on the roster. He has been a pleasure to converse with during the recruiting process, and I look forward to his work ethic and maturity being infused into our locker room. He appears to be another one of those Swedish Bombers that might be better-suited for the North American game, and I think his skating ability will help him be an effective player.”

 

 

William’s Player Profile Page: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=199800

 

 

 

Q & A with William Wiman:

 

 

You were the second-youngest player on the Division 2 Söderhamn/Ljusne team, this season. How was your experience, playing at the senior level?

 

It was a great experience, I learned a lot. It was a higher level, and it suited me well. Of course it was hard to fit in from the start, but I quickly learned to handle everything at the senior level.

 

 

In 2014-2015, you helped Hudiksvalls earn a promotion to J20 Elit while registering 5 points in 6 qualification games. What do you remember from those big games?

 

Oh yeah that was a great time, and a great experience, as well.  Those big games are what every ice hockey player lives for. I love the pressure and the requirements that come with the playoffs. What I remember from the qualification games is, of course, how fun they were; how close every game was. It was for sure a big moment in my life. 

 

 

You attended the Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camp in Sollentuna, this April. Several current and former Long Beach players were in attendance, as well. Did you have any communication with Bombers players, and what was thoughts about the camp?

 

Unfortunately, I didn’t talk to any former Bombers. My thought about the camp is that I think it's a great opportunity for Swedes. Otherwise, it’s pretty hard to get in contact with American teams. 

 

 

What type of player can Bombers fans expect to see, when you are on the ice?

 

I’m a pretty physical offensive forward and my strength is my skating. 

 

 

What are some things, both on and off the ice, you are most looking forward to, this year?

 

On the ice, I’m looking forward to playing on a smaller rink and improving as a player. Off the ice, I’m looking forward to seeing what America and Long Beach have to offer. Also, to improve as a human, off the ice. I mean, it's a pretty huge step to move to America; a step that I’m looking forward to.