Urbanec Breaks Bombers Franchise All-Time Points Record
The Long Beach Bombers would like to congratulate Tomas Urbanec, for breaking the All-Time Franchise Points Record, with his 235th point! The recently-fallen record of 234 was held for six years by Johnny Linehan, who still holds the franchise records for Games Played (230) and Assists (154). Urbanec, the 19 year-old sniper from Zlin, Czech Republic, surpassed Linehan’s Goals record last season, when he netted his 81st as a Bomber. Urbanec currently sits at 104, after scoring 9 Goals in the team’s first 10 Games Played, this season. Urbanec not only earned his 235th record-breaking point, last night, but he factored in on every single goal in the Bombers' 5-1 win against the El Paso Rhinos, giving him 239 career points.
This is Urbanec’s fifth season with Long Beach. Shockingly, he needed 55 less games to obtain the franchise points record. His 48 Goals in 2017-2018 were tied for the franchise single-season record (Anders Romegard), and his 101 Points were 5th-most. His 104 career Goals has him on the WSHL’s All-Time Top-20 Scorers list. Urbanec registered his 100th Goal, in Fresno, on October 19 (his 169th game).
Some former and current Long Beach Bombers weighed-in on the franchise’s new record-holder:
Patrik Johansson, former line mate (’14-’15), "Well he's a hard working player. When I first played with him, I was thinking to myself, ‘Who does he think he is?' but I learned fast that this is a player that gives 110% every practice, and every game. He always stayed after practice to work on some details, and was always in the gym trying to gain strength. He's a very nice person off the ice, a humble human being. So I think that's what led him to the success he is having.”
Domenic Bosetti, four-year teammate, and Bombers goaltender (’15-’18), "You could tell at a young age he was going to develop into a solid player. He was blessed with a nice shot, but he’s built up all parts of his game to become the player he is today.”
Nick Short, former three-year teammate, and WSHL top scoring defenseman (’14-’17), added, "When Tomas first practiced with the Bombers, I thought he had games under his belt, already. When Coach mentioned he was from a local high school team, I was shocked! He came in at 15 years old, and was already better than half the players in the league. Him setting a new franchise record does not surprise me one bit. His determination and passion for the game is what led him to his success. I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us, this year."