Bombers Sign Swedish Power Forward Nordin
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of forward, Filip Nordin, from Gothenburg, Sweden. The 6’3, 187lb left shot was born August 20, 1999. Last season, Nordin played for Bäcken HC’s J20 team. As a two-time participant in the Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camps, Nordin is a known commodity.
The big-bodied forward had a career year, in 2017-2018, finishing with a stat line of 36GP-17G-8A-25PTS. Nordin’s Bäcken team posted a regular season record of 14-1-1, good for 2nd in J20 Division 1’s Södra A group. Bäcken competes at the same level as Trollhättans HC, the former home of Bombers’ 2016-2017 leading scorer, Anton Bowallius, and has historically been one of the top teams in their grouping.
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Filip is load for defenders to handle in front of the net, and in the corners. He is coming off a successful year and is going to be a huge asset, if he can fit the mold of some of our former Swedish power forwards. Filip comes from a region and background that has yielded great success in our past scouting efforts. Given Filip’s size, he’ll likely have some opportunities to earn some extra playing time, if he’s doing things the right way. We are eager to get him out to training, and see how he adjusts to the nuances of North American hockey.”
Filip’s Player Profile Page: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/300240/filip-nordin
Q & A with Filip Nordin:
Last season, you had the best year of your career: 36GP-17G-8A-25PTS. What led to the increase in your statistical production?
As you said, I had my best season so far in my career, and it was due, in part, to my hard work. It was also because we had a good team that won many games in the series. I had no injuries for the whole season, allowing me to play every game, and develop as a player.
You attended two Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camps. What are your memories about that experience?
I have good memories from both camps, where it personally went well for me. It was very fun, instructive, and a great experience to be there. That was one of the reasons I decided to go across the Atlantic.
Former big Swedish power forwards like Måns Nystrand, Jesper Wallenholm, Robert Roslund, and Nils Holterberg, have all had great success in Long Beach. What will you be focused on, to ensure you adjust well to the North American style of play?
As a player, I am a hard-working forward with good size, that I think will fit in Long Beach, and in the WSHL. I think it is important to adapt the to the game style, and be physically strong, because the ice is smaller than what it is in Sweden. I will try to score as many points as I possibly can.
What were some of the factors that led to you deciding to sign with the Bombers?
There were several reasons why I chose to sign with Bombers. One of the reasons is because the team wins a lot of games, and has a winning culture. I love to win, and I want to play with good players. Another reason is because I think I can develop and become a better ice hockey player, on and off the ice, with the Bombers. The last reason is because I have heard a lot of good things about the team, and the coach, Chris White. The team seems to be very professional, well-organized, and serious.
What are you most looking forward to, on and off the ice, in Southern California?
I look forward to meeting my new teammates from all over the world. I also look forward to all the time practicing and to winning as a team, together. I will do my best to help the team win games and to go as far as possible in the Thorne Cup Playoffs. What I look forward to outside the rink, is to discover the United States culture and their way of life. I am also looking forward to getting better at the English language, and growing as a person on and off the ice. I am looking forward to be a part of the team!