BOMBERS SIGN DEFENSEMAN KÅBRING
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce their first new player signing for the 2018-2019 Western States Hockey League season, defenseman, Jakob Kåbring. The Nyköping, Sweden native is 6’2, 170lbs and born May 12, 1999. Kåbring spent last season with both the Nyköpings HF J20 team, and the Gripen Division 1 senior club.
The offensively-gifted rearguard has been a point-per-game player, the past two seasons of J20 hockey. Kåbring was dubbed as a talent early on in his career, when he was selected to play in the famed TV-Pucken tournament, in Sweden (for the country’s top 15 year-olds). In 2017-2018, Kåbring recorded 25 Points in 19 Games Played. He was his team’s top scoring defenseman, and 15th in the league, despite playing only 19 of the their 28 regular season games. Kåbring led his club’s defensive group in playoff scoring, as well. The team was one of two teams to earn a promotion to J20 Elit, next season. He also logged 17 valuable games with Gripen’s Division 1 team (Sweden’s 3rd-highest professional league).
Kåbring is no stranger to the Bombers organization, as he spent nearly three weeks practicing with the team, last season. His sister is the girlfriend of Bombers alum, Fredrik Skatteboe. He will become the fourth former Nyköpings player to sign with Long Beach (Skatteboe, Casper Fältskog, & Marcus Sundell). Kåbring also attended the Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospect Camp, in Sollentuna.
Bombers Assistant Captain, and fellow Swedish defenseman, Erik Lundgren, said, “Jakob has good hands and a strong sense of the game. He is also a really nice guy, off the ice.”
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, added, “We are thrilled to bring Jakob in for the upcoming season. He is a very skilled and poised defenseman. We will immediately count on him to be in a top-4 role, and have very high expectations for him. I think if he can add some muscle in the off-season, and really focus on his defensive play when he arrives, he has all the tools to be a star. We have lost both Amir Burguev and Anton Ahlin, so not only is there a ton of opportunity for minutes and situational play, but we will need some one on the back end to step up and produce - I feel very confident that Jakob can be that guy. He fit in well, both on and off the ice, when he was in Long Beach. Then, he looked even better at our camp in May. Jakob has the potential to put up numbers like recent Bombers defensive alumni like Nick Short, Jonathan Tordhall, or Amir Burguev.”
Jakob’s Player Profile Page: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/313356/jakob-yngerlov-kabring
Q & A WITH JAKOB KÅBRING:
Last season, you had over a point-per-game at the J20 Div 1 level for Nyköpings, in addition to playing 17 games for Gripen at the Div 1 senior level. How do you think your success at the J20 level, combined with your experience for the senior team, will help you in the upcoming season?
I had a great season last year, and as you said, I played for my home team’s senior team. I think that experience made me a better player, making quick decisions, and play at high speed. That will help me in the WSHL.
Your Nyköpings team was one of two clubs to be promoted to J20 Elit for next season. Tell us about the qualification round, and how those important games might be able to help you in the future.
I have played in playoffs for maybe 4-5 years in a row, and finally, we got promoted to J20 Elit. So, I have a lot of experience in the Swedish playoffs, but I don’t think it’s the same as in USA.
You spent a few weeks in Long Beach, earlier this year, and even practiced with the Bombers. What did you learn about the club that helped you decide to sign for the 2018-2019 season?
I chose Long Beach because I enjoyed everything at the rink, and also away from the rink. Players, coaches, and everyone treated me so well! So, it wasn’t a hard decision.
Having skated with the team, and seen a few WSHL games, you are quite familiar with what you are stepping into. What are your individual expectations for upcoming season?
My expectation is that we are going as far as possible, in the playoffs. That’s my goal.
You have seen top players from last season, like Ryan Gil, Artem Korolev, and Erik Lundgren, who are all eligible to return, play in person. Was there anyone from last year's team that really stood out to you, in games or practices?
I think Erik Lundgren was one of the best defenseman I’ve seen. He looks so quiet with the puck, and is a really good two-way player.
What are you most looking forward to, off the ice, in Long Beach?
Getting a nice tan, and make some new friends. I am really looking forward to next season!