Monkey Sports Player of the Month - January
The Monkey Sports Long Beach Bombers Player of the Month, for January, is forward, Tomáš Urbanec. The veteran sniper matched a career-high with 11 Goals in January (November 2017). He also added 8 Assists, for a total of 19 Points in just 8 Games Played. Nearly half of his production came with the man-advantage, as he recorded 4 PPG and 5 PPA.
Urbanec recently played his 200th career WSHL & Long Beach Bombers game, joining a list of just 3 other players in the organization’s history (Tim Linehan, Johnny Linehan, & Amir Burguev). He is the franchise leader in Goals (121) and Points (277). He currently stands just one assist behind the franchise's all-time leader, Amir Burguev, who ended his career with 157. The Zlín, Czech Republic native is in his 5th season with the club, and recently moved into 8th All-Time on the WSHL Career Goals list (passing current KHL player, and former Southern Oregon Spartan, Chris Seto), and 7th All-Time on the WSHL Career Points List (passing former Vancouver Ranger and Tahoe Iceman, Paul Frys).
Urbanec is currently tied for the Goals lead, on the Long Beach roster, with 26 (Gennady Malaschenko), and is 3rd in Points, with 57 (Artem Korolev & Erik Sillerström). He is just off his 2017-2018 season pace, when he finished with 48 Goals and 101 Points. Thus, if his January production were to continue, he could set new individual season career highs. His most productive month was a continuation of his strong play at the WSHL Las Vegas Showcase, where he had 3G-1A against three of the WSHL’s top teams (Edson, Northern Colorado, & Oklahoma City).
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “We’re very fortunate to have a number of forwards that are able to chip-in on any given night. However, Tomas is one of those players that has the ability to do it every night, when he's playing the right way. He is talented enough to create offense by himself, or finish-off a play started by one of his teammates. His release is elite, and he scores some goals that have even the most seasoned hockey people scratching their heads. He has been lethal on the power play, and played much better on the penalty kill, which allows us to give him a lot of minutes in tight games. We’ll need him playing at his best, down the stretch, and into the Thorne Cup Playoffs, if we’re going to achieve the goals we set in September.”
Special thanks to Monkey Sports for sponsoring the Bombers Player of the Month Award, and for their continued support of the organization and its players!
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