Bombers Sign Swedish Defenseman Lundgren

by Ron White

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce their second new player signing for the 2017-2018 Western States Hockey League season, defenseman, Erik Lundgren. The 1998-born left shot hails from Strängnäs, Sweden. Last season, he played J20 Elit for Surahammars IF. If that sounds familiar, it is the same club Anders Romegård once played for. In 25 games played, Lundgren recorded 2G-7A and 14PIMs.


The converted forward stands at 5’9, weighing 176lbs, and is a puck-moving defenseman. Lundgren attended the Long Beach Bombers’ Scandinavian Prospects Camp in Sollentuna, this April. Erik played at the highest level of J18 hockey, for VIK Västerås HK, and competed at the renowned TV-Pucken tournament, as a 15 year-old. In fact, Lundgren was a teammate of recently-signed Morgan Söderström with Södermanland at the TVP tournament in 2014. Surahammars finished in 3rd place, this season, in the J20 Elit Västra Region. They lost in the semi-finals, after compiling a 13-12-3 record.


Erik’s teammate, Anton Ahlin, described his defensive partner, "Erik is a very good player and teammate. He is a good skater, that has good game sense, and a quality shot. He is always happy and gets along with people very easily. I think you will be glad to have him on the team!"


Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Erik was one of the top defensemen that I saw at our Scandinavian Prospects Camps. I was unaware that he spent his youth hockey career as a forward, and just recently changed positions. However, it certainly shows in his patience, comfort with the puck, and decision-making. He should be a great fit for our club, as he can make a tape-to-tape breakout pass, and has the ability to skate the puck up ice. I think Erik’s ceiling is very high, and his development as a two-way defenseman is going to be interesting to watch. With us losing both Jonathan Tordhall and Nick Short, Erik has a great opportunity to step-in and contribute, right from the start. I expect Erik to have the best season of his career, and we are excited about the possibility to have him for two seasons.”




Erik’s Player Profile:




Q & A with Erik Lundgren:



You attended the Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camp in Sollentuna, this April. Tell us about that experience. Were you able to discuss some things with any of the Bombers alumni players?


The Bombers Prospects Camp was a great experience. The Swedish Long Beach players who attended were really friendly and easy to talk to. I talked to Anders Romegård, and he told me that if I get the chance to play for the Bombers I should take it, because it's a great experience both on and off the ice. 



You played last season for Surahammars at the J20 Elit level. How was your season, both individually, and as a team?


Last season was a great season for me. It was my first season as a defender, but I had a great coach who developed my ability to play as a defender. He gave me a lot of confidence, because he considered me an important player on the team. As a team, we made it to the playoffs but lost in the first round, unfortunately.



What parts of your game will you be most focused on, to accelerate your adjustment to hockey in North America?


I will be focusing on improving my shot in North America, so that I can be a bigger threat, offensively. I will also work on my puck handling skills, because I feel that I can improve it.



What are some strengths in your game that you hope to bring to Long Beach?


I feel that my strengths are my game sense and the ability to move the puck fast. 



You are the first new Bombers defenseman signed for the 2017-2018 WSHL season. What are you most excited about, on and off the ice, as you prepare to play in Southern California?


On the ice, I want the Bombers to play well and hopefully win the trophy. I am also very excited to meet new teammates. Off the ice, I look forward to moving to Southern California. I think it will be a great experience!