LINDELÖF ADDED TO BOMBERS BACK-END
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of Swedish defenseman, Richard Lindelöf. The Kumla native is a left shot, standing 6’0 tall and weighing 176lbs. His birthdate is April 27, 1999. Last season, he played for IFK Hallsberg J20.
Three seasons ago, Lindelöf played for BIK Karlskoga in U16, which is the same club as former Bombers Marcus Viitanen and Erik Fagerlin. In an abbreviated season of 10 Games, Lindelöf recorded 1G-3A. However, two seasons ago, he registered nearly a point-per-game, at the J18 level. Lindelöf attended the Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camp, in Mölndal, this April.
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Richard is coming off a tough season, in which he was battling injury. This should be a great opportunity for a change of scenery, and a bounce-back type of year. With a veteran defenseman, and fellow countryman, like Erik Lundgren showing him the way, I think Richard will be able to quickly make his adjustments, while not be rushed to produce, early on. We anticipate another fellow Swede, Jakob Kåbring, to come in and play big minutes, which will afford a player like Richard the ability to focus on playing a simple game, without having much pressure on him. He showed some nice things at our Gothenburg camp, and we’re happy to add another solid, mobile defender to our back-end."
Richard’s Player Profile Page: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/316208/richard-lindelof
Q & A WITH RICHARD LINDELÖF:
Last season, you played for IFK Hallsberg J20 team. How did your season go?
It was kind of a tough season, because I got a concussion in one of my first games, but I think I came back quite well and played solidly for the rest of the season.
In years past, you played for Örebro and BIK Karlskoga. The Bombers have had players from both clubs. How familiar were you with the organization, prior to signing for the 2018-2019 season?
I did not know that much about the organization. I haven’t talked too much with players who have played with the Bombers, even though I know one of them a little bit, because I don’t want to be colored by their thoughts and experiences. I am looking forward to creating my own picture, and being open-minded about it all.
You attended the Long Beach Bombers Scandinavian Prospects Camp, in April. What was that experience like?
It was great fun but very hard with the timing, because it had been a long time since I had been on the ice, at that point.
What factors led to your decision to sign with the Bombers?
I think the Bombers can develop me as a player far better than other options, and that they win a lot, which I love!
What are your most looking forward to, on and off the ice, in Long Beach?
On the ice, I am looking forward to winning with the team, and doing my very best to help the team. Off the ice, I am excited to witness the Californian culture, which I’ve heard a lot of good things about.