Bombers Tap Into Zlín Pipeline Again

by Bombers Staff

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of forward, Kryštof Knápek. The 5’11, 170lb left shot was born November 24, 1999. Knápek is from the same hometown (Zlín, Czech Republic) as Bombers Tomáš Urbanec and Pavel Omelka.

Knápek attended the first-ever Long Beach Bombers Czech-Slovak camp, this May, held in Brno. Last season, Knápek played for HC Zlín U20, his first at the U20 level. In 21 Games Played, Knápek recorded 2 Points. A season prior, with HC Prerov U18, he registered 21 Points in 23 Games Played.

Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Kryštof was a hard-worker at our camp in Brno, and made several nice finishing plays, around the net. I think Kryštof is a much better player than his statistics indicate. We’ve had a long history of high-end Czech forwards (Filip Martinec, Martin Váchal, Miroslav Rohlík, & Tomáš Urbanec), so we are excited to get Kryštof out to Long Beach, and start to develop him. He should be a very nice complimentary player, as he makes his adjustments to the North American game.”

Kryštof’s Player Profile Page:

Q & A with Kryśtof Knápek: 

Last season, you played for the Zlin U20 team. How did your season go?

I played on the fourth line at Zlín, last season, so I did not get much ice time. Overall, I played in 21 games, and got 2 points. It was very difficult to play, because in every team there are 3-5 players born in 1997, who have experience in Czech Extraliga (the highest senior league in Czech). I spent the second half of the season with Prerov U18. During eight games, I got 6 points. Prerov U18 won the Eastern Division, and subsequently, we won the qualification round. I got 3 points in the final 4 games. 

You are from the same hometown and team as Tomáš Urbanec and Pavel Omelka. How much did their experience with the Bombers factor into your decision to sign?

It changed my decision quite a lot. Thanks to them, I know where I am going. 

You attended the Long Beach Bombers first-ever camp in Czech Republic, this May. What do you remember from the camp?

I remember a lot of skilled players, and good coaching. 

This will be your first year of playing hockey in North America. What areas of your game do you think will allow you to be successful?

I think that due to my speed and combination abilities, I will be able to, together with my teammates, outplay opponents and score important goals. I would like to improve my defensive work, to be more successful.

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

I am looking forward to meeting new people, and exploring new places. I hope to improve my language skills, and gain new experiences for the future.