BOMBERS SIGN ST. JOHN BOSCO'S SLOVAKIAN SNIPER
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of forward, Filip Chudy. The Tuchyna, Slovakia native is a May 6, 2000-born left shot. Last season, the 5’8, 164 lb junior attended St. John Bosco, where he played for their Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League team, in addition to playing for the Junior Reign U18AAA team.
The St. John Bosco Braves went 12-2-1, leading the ADHSHL’s Division 2 group. Chudy finished with 18 Goals (T-2nd), 17 Assists (3rd), and 35 Points (T-2nd). The Bombers first-ever European player to qualify for an import exemption, by way of playing three consecutive seasons in the United States, also added 9 Points in 12 Games Played at the U18AAA level. Chudy resides in Huntington Beach, with his uncle.
The Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Filip is going to be one of the younger players on the team, but I anticipate his work ethic and skill level to help him quickly adjust to the junior hockey style of play. I had the opportunity to skate with Filip, last month, and I was impressed by his hustle and motor. I expect him to start as a depth forward, and really push our group to compete. Filip showed his ability to produce, last season, and now will be challenged to continue his development to ensure his success at the junior level. We are very excited to insert him into our forward group, and looking forward to watching his growth.”
Filip’s Player Profile Page: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/467975/filip-chudy
Q & A WITH FILIP CHUDY:
Last season, you compiled 42 points in 27 games, between both club and high school. What are some of your individual strengths that led to your production?
Last season was a bit challenging, in comparison with previous seasons. I didn't score as much as I used to do, but my performance was pretty consistent. I think I have pretty good vision, and the ability to see where my teammates are. My biggest strength is stretching and an ability to create breakaway opportunities. Also, I never give up, and I try to give 100% every time.
This will be your first season of junior hockey, after playing three seasons in the US. What parts of your game will you be focused on, to help your adjustment from the U18 level?
I will focus on controlling the puck better, so I can stay strong on the puck, and don't give the puck away easily. Also, adjusting to the junior level speed will be my main focus for the upcoming season.
Your St. John Bosco High Braves team finished 12-2-1, leading the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League at the Division 2 level. However, your Jr. Reign U18AAA did not have as much success. How did you balance the ups and downs of last year?
The main difference in those two teams was chemistry and playing comfort. For SJB, we were great group of guys with great team spirit. We were comfortable playing with each other. Also, our coach gave us a lot of ice time, and freedom to be creative. Meanwhile, on the club team, we were facing a lot of difficulties the whole season, and players weren't confident or comfortable playing with their teammates. I always try to focus on my game, and do my job as best as I can.
You had the opportunity to skate with Long Beach Bombers Head Coach, Chris White, and two of their star players, Tomas Urbanec & Artem Korolev, prior to going home for the off-season. What did you take away from that experience?
I figured out that playing at that level, and with players of their quality, I have to improve my game a little bit. I have to work on my speed, and stick handling technique. Tomas and Artem have good shots, and they see their teammates very quickly. That is something I really like to see. It is the style of hockey I like; the old European hockey, where everyone shares the puck around, and plays as a team.
You will become the fourth Slovakian player in Bombers history, and the first European-born player to qualify as non-import, thanks to your three seasons of hockey in the United States. What are your expectations for the upcoming season ?
I will try to contribute to our team with my abilities and hockey skills, and work on my game constantly. Also, I am looking to make little improvements, step by step, and grow as a hockey player, and as a man. I will try my best to make this year successful.