Bombers Sign High Scoring Forward Lövstrand
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce their second new player signing for the 2018-2019 Western States Hockey League season, Eric Lövstrand. The Oxelösund, Sweden native is a 6’2, 185lb left-shot forward. He is a May 3, 1999 birth date, and played last season for Nyköpings HF J20.
Lövstrand’s 22 Goals, 33 Assists, and 55 Points (in 27 Games Played) led Nyköpings HF. He continued to pace the scoring race, as the team moved into playoffs, and eventually qualified for a promotion to J20 Elit. His 55 Points ranked him 7th in all of Sweden’s J20 Div 1. His J20 success led to an opportunity to play 7 Games with the Gripen Division 1 senior club. In the last two seasons, Lövstrand has scored a combined 135 points.
His Nyköpings, Gripen, and TV-Pucken teammate, and recently-signed Bombers defenseman, Jakob Kåbring, commented, “Eric is a very skilled player, with good speed, and nice hands. His skill level reminds me of Artem Korolev. He has a good eye for the game. He’s a complete player.”
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, added, “Despite Eric not being able to attend our Scandinavian Prospects Camp, we have heard very high praise about him. It’s much more comforting considering Jakob Kåbring has played with Eric, and has only positive things to say. That, combined with Eric leading his team in scoring, playing several games with the senior club, and knowing that former J20 Div 1 standout player, Anton Bowallius, led our 2016-2017 team in scoring, made the decision to sign Eric and easy one. We are looking forward to Eric’s arrival, and expecting a big season out of him. All of the players we have had from the Nyköpings HF organization have been high character young men (Casper Fältskog, Marcus Sundell, & Fredrik Skatteboe).”
Eric’s Player Profile Page:https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/313361/eric-lovstrand
Q & A with Eric Lövstrand:
Last season, you led your Nyköpings HF J20 team in Goals and Assists (22G-33A-55Pts), then continued your production in the qualification round, leading your team with 9 Points. What were some of the things that led to your offensive output?
It was because I love the sport, and never give up on the ice. If I miss a shot or pass, or lose the puck, I try harder the next time.
You are the fifth former Nyköpings player to sign with the Bombers. Your good friend, Jakob Kåbring, recently became the fourth. How much do you know about the organization, and what helped lead to your decision to come to Long Beach?
It was because I want to learn a new style of play, to become a better hockey player, and of course, because Jakob said it was a good club/team to play for. I think I can be a better hockey player if I play for Long Beach.
Your Nyköpings squad was promoted to J20 Elit, and you also played in 7 games with the Gripen (Division1) senior club. How do you think those experiences will help your development, moving forward?
I think its good to play with the older guys, because you need to think faster on the ice; even at the practices. I focus much harder in my mind when I would aim to score, because the goalkeepers are much bigger and faster than in J20.
How would you describe your style of play, and what are some of your strengths?
My style on the ice is that I love to play with speed. My strengths are that I have a strong sense for the game, and can make some good passes. I take pride in my shot and my hands.
What areas of your game are you looking to improve? What adjustments do you think you will need to make, to be successful in the North American style of game?
I need to improve my physical game to be successful, next season.
What things are you most looking forward to, away from the rink, in Southern California?
I can’t wait to meet my new teammates, and start playing games.