BOMBERS ADD LOCAL GOALTENDER KAPRELYAN
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of rookie goaltender, Mason Kaprelyan. The 5’9, 155lb Yorba Linda, California native is a May 3, 2000 birthdate. Last season, he played for OC Hockey Club U18AA.
As the team’s number one goalie, Kaprelyan faced over 350 shots, and compiled a stat line of 2.84 GAA and .895 SV% with a record of 7-6, in his 13 starts. OC Hockey Club finished at 12-10-1, 5th place in the CAHA standings. Kaprelyan then started two playoff games, before the season came to an end. His coach, Tyler Maxwell, has worked with several Long Beach Bombers players, as a skills and conditioning coach.
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Mason is going to come in and be focused on his development, this season. He’s a very calm and composed goaltender, who competes hard and has three seasons of junior eligibility. He’ll step into a role that was once occupied by Domenic Bosetti, who is now the career leader in most goaltending categories, for our club. I think Mason will be a great fit, and we hope to see him challenge for playing time, sooner rather than later. He joined us for some practices, in April, hopefully allowing him to come into camp, and the season, with a little familiarity and confidence."
Mason’s Player Profile Page:https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/609597/mason-kaprelyan
Q & A WITH MASON KAPRELYAN:
Last season, your OC Hockey Club team finished in the middle of the pack. How did you feel the season went for you, personally?
I felt last season was a great experience for me. As the season progressed my level of play and confidence grew stronger and stronger. Obviously I always want to play my best and finish at the top of the league and that is my motivation to push myself to achieve excellence. No matter what the circumstances are I have to work hard and make the necessary sacrifices to get to the next level. I believe last season really put me on that path.
You joined the Bombers for some practice time, this April. What do you remember from that experience?
I remember being on the ice with the team when they were gearing up for the Thorne Cup playoffs. What really stood out was the quality of the players, the speed of the game and the focus of the team. It’s hockey taken to the next level. I was inspired by the team and I am very excited to now be a part of it.
What are your short and long-term goals, as you go into your first season of junior hockey?
My short term goal is to learn the system and keep working hard to develop my game. I want to learn as much as I can and take my play to the next level. My long term goal for this season is to continue to develop my skills and be in a positon to contribute to my team’s success.
What are some of the reasons you chose to with Long Beach?
I chose the Long Beach Bombers because of the rich history of the organization and the high caliber coaching staff. Also, growing up in Southern California it is a dream come true to be able to play high level hockey with the Bombers and have the opportunity to play in front of my family and friends. It really was not a difficult decision for me to make.
Who is your favorite NHL goaltender, and why?
Hands down Jonathan Quick is my favorite goaltender. His athleticism, flexibility and his great attitude towards his teammates is what sets him apart from the others. He is one of the rare goalies that makes the save before the shot is even taken. I’ve heard him say he reads the play and anticipates what the next move/shot will be just based on the players body language and stick/skate position. In my mind he is one of the best and I’ve watched him win two Stanley Cup championships.