BOMBERS ADD YOUNG DEFENSEMAN RODRIGUEZ
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to sign defenseman, Anthony Rodriguez, of Las Vegas, Nevada. The November 8, 2000-born left shot played for the Arizona Bobcats U18AAA team, last season, in the North American Prospects Hockey League. Rodriguez has also played forward in the past, and is no stranger to Southern California. In 2015-2016, he played for the Los Alamitos Griffins, in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League.
Last season, Rodriguez posted a stat line of 35GP-22G-18A-40Pts. On a struggling Arizona Bobcats team, Rodriguez finished 2nd in Goals and 6th in Points in NAPHL play. Now, he’ll join the WSHL’s back-to-back-to-back Western Division Champions, and look to get a spark from the winning culture. Rodriguez is a former product of the Las Vegas Storm minor hockey program, and is no stranger to living away from home to pursue his hockey dream. In fact, for a season and a half, he billeted with Eileen Anciaux, along with former Bombers Tomas Urbanec, Daniel Kornakker, Dominik Gerencser, Oleg Senko, and Nikita Nikitin.
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “We are very excited to add Anthony to our roster. He is an extremely driven, respectful, and mature young man. He will report to camp as a 17 year-old, and likely have a bit of a learning curve. However, I know he has the skill level and determination to propel him to where we hope to have him, when the games mean the most. He is on a three-year plan to earn an NCAA roster spot, and become a student-athlete at the highest possible level, so we know what is at stake and what the end goal is. In a pinch, it’s nice to know that he has experience playing forward, but we will be penciling him in as a defenseman, and hoping to see some of his individual skill help add to the offense from the back-end. He's just scratching the surface of his potential, and we're eager to accelerate his development curve. I think we’ve added a good hockey player, but an even better individual, and teammate."
Anthony’s Player Profile Page: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/565838/anthony-rodriguez
Q & A WITH ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ:
Last season, you played U18AAA for the Arizona Bobcats, in the NAPHL. How did your season go?
The season went well for me, I was able to finish with 22 goals and 18 assists in 35 games. Our team did okay in the league. We played against a lot of high tier teams. It was a great experience for me, being able to play against some of the best teams in the country. It definitely developed me as a player, competing against top tier players.
As you enter your rookie season of junior hockey, what will you be focusing on to ensure a smooth and successful transition?
I will be focusing on working out during the summer, and trying to better myself, so when I come into my first season I will be prepared and ready to go.
Despite being a Las Vegas resident, you are familiar with Southern California hockey, as you played for Los Alamitos High School and the Wildcats Hockey Club; and also with the Bombers, as you billeted with the Anciaux family, along with some former Bombers players. Did any of that factor into your decision to sign with Long Beach?
Yes, after playing a couple years in California, I enjoyed the dynamic of how it is set up. Billeting with the Anciaux family, I had many Bombers players living with me. This also played a factor in my decision, because I heard nothing but positive things about Coach White, and how practices and workouts were run.
What type of player should Bombers fans expect to see, when you finally step on the ice for the home opener?
For the home opener, the fans should expect a hard working defenseman who is able to move the puck up the ice fast and clean.
What were some of the most important reasons you chose to sign with the Bombers?
The most important reasons I chose to sign with the Bombers is the coaching. I heard nothing but positive things about Chris White, and how he is able to move players into higher leagues by giving them great opportunities.