Swedish Speedster Fagerlin Re-Signs
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the re-signing of Swedish forward, Erik Fagerlin. The Trollhättan native enters his final season of junior hockey, coming off his most productive season in his career. The 5’10, 180lb winger is one of the fastest players in the entire Western States Hockey League. After two seasons with BIK Karlskoga in Sweden, Fagerlin attended the Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camp in 2016, and signed with the team, shortly thereafter.
Fagerlin played in 47 games, last year, accumulating 50 points. He was fourth on the team with 30 goals, including two hat-tricks and eight multiple-goal efforts. The three players with more goals are all age-outs (Roman Serafimovich, Kiril Markevich, & Nils Holterberg), thus making Fagerlin the Bombers’ leading goal scorer among veteran returners. He played in all seven Thorne Cup Playoff games, tallying 2 goals and 3 assists. At the WSHL Las Vegas Showcase, he scored goals against Idaho and Ogden. In 26 games against the WSHL's Western Division Playoff teams, Fagerlin notched 17 Goals and 10 Assists.
Bombers veteran, Amir Burguev, had this to say about his teammate, “I don't know how or what Erik is gonna do without Bob. I'll make him get off his bed and go to the beach with us this year for sure! Kid is one of the fastest guys in the league, and Coach White knows how to use his speed. He had a couple injuries last year, so let's wish Erik a year without injuries, and see him flying on the ice, scoring goals!”
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, added, “Erik’s decision to come back to Long Beach is a big one, for us. He can flat-out fly, which gives him some unbelievable big-play ability. His role will be much greater, this season, in terms of his minutes and situational play. Erik has a lot of untapped potential, and we have discussed some things to focus on, for this season. Last year, he was one of the younger import players, and was able to operate in the shadows. This year, he will be looked-upon to be a leader and top producer. I’m excited to see how he handles that pressure. He is going to need to make some small changes to excel in a top-6 forward role, and I fully expect him to do just that.”
Erik’s Player Profile Page:http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=226413
Q & A with Erik Fagerlin:
You are the leading returner in terms of goal scoring. Does that put any pressure on you, this year?
Of course I have a little bit of pressure on me, in terms of goal scoring, but I will do my best to play the best hockey I can for the team. We need to play good as a team, to produce the points we need.
You recorded just above a point-per-game, and 30 goals, last year. What are your expectations and goals for your individual performance, this season?
Of course I want to perform and put up more points than I did last year. I will do my best and work hard to make it happen.
You played 7 Thorne Cup Playoffs games, in 2016-2017. What was that experience like, and how can you use that to your advantage this go around?
The playoffs were a lot of fun. Hard games and everyone played for each other. For the upcoming season we know what we did wrong last year, so we can work on the things that was missing last season.
What individual skills or habits are you hoping to improve upon, this year?
I want to improve my playmaking ability this season, and also improve my shot a bit.
Who is going to fill the void in your heart, left by the departure of big Bob Roslund to college hockey?
Luckily we can talk on FaceTime everyday, but in Long Beach, I have Von (Mullin) and Oleg (Senko) to chill with.
Is there anything you didn't get to do, off the ice, last year, that you are looking forward to doing this year?
I would like to go to some basketball games, and I want to go visit Bob at his college sometime.