Bombers Sign Swedish Power Forward Skatteboe
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce their fourth new players signing for the 2017-2018 WSHL season, forward, Fredrik Skatteboe. The 6’0, 198lb left shot is from Nyköping, Sweden, and is the fourth new import player to sign with the squad. Skatteboe will be one of the older players in the league, as he is a February 12, 1997 birthdate. Fredrik attended the Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camp in Sollentuna, this April.
Last season, Skatteboe played for Nyköpings HF J20 Div-1, who finished 3rd in their group with a 14-3-1 record. His 28 points were good for 3rd on the team, and his 14 goals placed him in the top-40 of J20 Div-1. He also led his team with 36 penalty minutes. The prior season, Skatteboe had a stat line of 9G-15A at the same level. In the past four seasons of play, he has racked up 51 goals. As a young teen, he represented Södermanland at Sweden’s TV-Pucken tournament for the country’s top 15 year-olds; the same team that recently signed Morgan Söderström and Erik Lundgren played for at the tournament, just one year later. Skatteboe also played 5 games with Gripen’s senior team, alongside former Bombers, Marcus Sundell and Casper Fältskog. Gripen went 12-1-1 and was promoted to Division 1.
Bombers alumni defenseman, Casper Fältskog, had the following to say about Fredrik, “He is the guy that never stops working. He will skate until he can’t stand up. He will take a hit, and jump up, shake it off, and go back to work.” His Long Beach defensive partner, Marcus Sundell, added, "Skatteboe is a big, fast, hard-shooting player, that likes to throw his body. He's a really good guy and teammate. I think he will be good on the smaller rinks."
Long Beach’s Head Coach and General Manager, Chris White, stated, “Fredrik doesn’t quite have the size of former Bombers' power forwards, and fellow countrymen, Robert Roslund or Jesper Wallenholm, but he is a good-sized kid that I anticipate will find the North American game to fit his style of play. He plays physical and doesn’t shy away from the danger areas. He has shown the ability to put the puck in the net, the past few seasons, and plays a fairly simple game. I liked his effort and straight-line play at our Scandinavian Prospects Camp. Fredrik’s enthusiasm about playing for the Bombers was definitely a plus, and I expect him to show up with a veteran presence and high work ethic, which will help push his teammates as we prepare for the long grind of a WSHL season.”
Fredrik’s Player Profile Page:http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=212803
Q & A with Fredrik Skatteboe:
Last season, you recorded over a point-per-game for Nyköpings HF at the J20 level. What led to your increase in production, from the season prior?
Last season was a good one, and the reason why my point production increased, I believe, is for two major reasons. First, and most simple, I did put in a whole lot more work in the preseason than I've done in any season prior. The second reason is that I got more confident on the ice since I got to try senior hockey, and I believe this made a big impact on my j20 game.
You played some games with Gripen HC in Division 2, this past year, along side Bombers alums Marcus Sundell and Casper Fältskog. Did they influence your decision to sign with the Bombers, at all?
Absolutely. They inspired me to do this.
You attended the Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camp in Sollentuna, this April. Several current and former Long Beach players were in attendance, as well. Did you have any communication with Bombers players, and what was thoughts about the camp?
Yes, I talked to some of the players, especially with Robert Roslund, who gave me a good impression of what playing for the Bombers is like.
The camp was great. There was a good level of players, and a lot of time on the ice to show yourself.
What type of player can Bombers fans expect to see, when you are on the ice?
They can expect a hard working power forward that isn't afraid to hit. Hopefully, I can provide the team with some good offense and a couple points.
What are some things, both on and off the ice, that you are most looking forward to, this year?
I'm really looking forward to getting to know my new team, and also trying out the smaller rinks and the American style of playing hockey. Off ice, I'm really looking forward to experiencing California, meeting my host family, and going to Six Flags. But maybe most of all, not to be having another Swedish winter.