Bombers Sign Swedish Defenseman Karlsson

by Bombers Staff

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of Swedish defenseman, Emil Karlsson. The 6’0, 185lb right shot was born April 2, 1998. Karlsson finished the season with his hometown senior club, Arvika HC, in Division 2. 

Karlsson is a veteran of 49 games at the SuperElit level, which is Sweden’s top J20 league. Over parts of three seasons, Karlsson played for both Örebro HK and Leksands IF. Leksands IF was the former home of NHL stars, Filip Forsberg and Victor Rask. Recent 3rd Round NHL Draft pick (Columbus Blue Jackets), Marcus Karlberg, led the team in scoring, in 2017-2018. Karlsson played 11 games with Leksands IF, before transferring to Grums IK in J20 Elit. With Grums, Karlsson registered 5 Points in 13 Games Played. The former Värmland TV-Pucken representative attended the Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camp in Mölndal, this April.

Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “We got a chance to see Emil, first-hand, in Gothenburg. He came to camp, despite having a nagging injury, which I think is a great sign of what we can expect from him. Elite right-shot defensemen are tough to find, and I think Emil is going to be an impact player for us. He has a good balance of size and skill, with a pedigree that includes nearly 50 games at the top Swedish junior level. With what could be an entirely new top-6 defensive group, it’s comforting to know we will insert a player like Emil into the mix. As a ’98, we will be counting on him to be a veteran leader for our new defensive core."

Emil’s Player Profile Page:

Q & A with Emil Karlsson:

Last season, you played J20 SuperElit, J20 Elit, and senior Division 2. How does the game differ at those levels, and how do you change your game to be successful?

At J20 SuperElit, everything goes much faster. Teams are more organized and the skill level is higher compared to the J20 Elit and senior Division 2 level. J20 Elit and Division 2 are pretty much alike, except that players are stronger and have more hockey experience. I think I have the ability to adapt to different levels and pace of play.



What do you feel are some of the strengths of your game?

I feel I am a good skater, and have the ability to deliver a good and fast first pass.



What adjustments do you expect to make to be and impact player in North America?

First, I have to adjust to the smaller rinks. Second, I want to improve my game in the D zone.



The Long Beach Bombers have had a long history of Swedish players. Did that factor into your decision?  What other things did you consider, during the signing process?

The history of former Swedish players did not have a big impact on my decision. I like the opportunity to come to another country to play hockey and learn more. It also gives me a chance to play junior hockey one more season, which I think is a big plus. I did not know much about the WSHL when I accepted the invitation to come to the Bombers camp in Mölndal. However, I got a very good impression of the organization, and things seem very professional around the team. I’m really excited to become a member of the Bombers organization.



What are you most looking forward to, on and off the ice, in Long Beach?

I love the game of hockey, and it’s going to be fun to practice a lot and to play as many more games in a season. It’s going to be exciting to play in a team with players from many different countries and cultures. It will give me a great chance to develop my English language.