Bombers Sign Young Russian Korolev

by Chris White

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of Russian forward, Artem Korolev. The 2000-born left-shot is 6’0 and 170lbs. This is Korolev’s first season in the United States, after playing his teen years for the Rus Moskva organization, in Moscow. Prior to that, he was groomed in the prestigious Spartak Moskva organization. The Bombers signed Korolev after he had a brief stint with the North American Hockey League’s Topeka Roadrunners. Korolev chose Long Beach over several other options in various junior leagues.

In 2016-2017, at the Russia U17 level, Korolev put up 5 Goals and 13 Assists for 18 Points in 29 Games Played. The youngster also suited up for 12 Games at the U19 level, notching 4 Assists. Then, in U19 playoffs, he recorded 1G-1A in two contests. The season before, Korolev was third on his team with 32 Points in 35 Games played, for Rus Moskva U16. The Bombers were able to see the promising forward in April of this year, at the Key Sport Agency International Camp in Dolgoprudny, Russia. Both Head Coach, Chris White, and veteran player, Amir Burguev, had recruited Korolev, at the time. However, he decided to go to the NAHL, and ultimately found his way to Long Beach.

Burguev commented, “Artem has good potential and will probably play with good players. I think he will make a lot of improvement and learn some things."

Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, added, “I really liked what I saw from Artem back in April, in Moscow. He showed a lot of potential, and obviously, Topeka (NAHL’s Roadrunners) saw the same thing. Fortunately for us, they have a very limited amount of import roster spots, and at this point, they were not willing to develop this young player. Artem is a smooth skater with good hands and vision. He has good size, and a high ceiling. I am excited to work with him, this year. He will improve as much as anyone, as he learns the language and adapts to both the style of play, and the competition. Artem will be one of the youngest players on the roster, but I think he will fit in well, and blossom as the season goes along.”

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