Roslund Chooses Saint Mary's University

by Ron White

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the college signing of forward, Robert Roslund. The age-out from Trollhättan, Sweden played a huge role in the success of the 2016-2017 Bombers’ WSHL season. Coming from J20 Div-1 and Division 2 senior, Roslund quickly adapted to the North American game. His size, strength, and versatility led to a physical dominance that is very rare at the Tier-ll Junior A level. His play caught the eye of Bill Moore, Head Coach of Saint Mary’s University. Roslund is the first Bombers player to join the Cardinals in Winona, Minnesota. Saint Mary’s plays in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) at the NCAA Div-lll level. 


Playing both wings, center, and even defense on rare occasions, Roslund battled through illness and injury all season to be the only Bombers player to play in all 59 games. In total, Roslund finished the season with 26 Goals, 57 Assists, and 83 Penalty Minutes. His 83 Points were good for 4th on the Squad, while is 83 Penalty Minutes were 3rd-most. Roslund was the epitome of a power forward, in Long Beach, and will look to build on his career year at the next level. 


Last season, the Cardinals finished at 13-10-3, with a 9-6-1 conference record (3rd Place). Saint Mary’s loses four of their Top-7 scorers to graduation, this year. Thus, Roslund should have the opportunity to arrive and be an impact player, as a Freshman. Coach Moore enters his 11th season at the helm, in Winona, and had this to say about Roslund, “We are very excited about Robert. I think his size and hands around the net are going to give us some of the greasy goals that we have been missing. He is going to have an opportunity to come in and contribute, as a Freshman, which is great for him."


Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, added, “Big Bob was an absolute beast, more often than not, last year. His durability and displays of a ‘team-first’ mentality were impressive. He played physical, blocked shots, took a beating, and kept coming back for more. I will never forget when he took a Nils Holterberg snap shot to the jaw, from about 5 feet away. I thought for sure we had lost him for the season. His cheek was the size of a tennis ball by the time he made it back to the bench. Shockingly, he was back on the ice the very next period, with a cage on. I think his versatility is going to be a huge benefit to him at the next level. He played in every situation for us, and should carry that confidence and experience with him. I am very excited that Robert has chosen to play NCAA hockey, and I look forward to watching his progress over the next four years. He was a good player, a great teammate, and one of the most coachable young men we have had in Long Beach. We wish Bob all the best as he takes his hockey and academic careers to the next level.”




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Q & A with Robert Roslund:



You blew away your career records for points and penalty minutes in 2016-2017 (83 Pts / 83 PIMs). What led to such a huge increase in your individual production, this past season?


I think that the smaller rinks fit my type of hockey better, It took me some time to get used to it but after a while I felt like I could use it to my advantage. I played the whole season with some of the best players I've ever played with so I'll have to thank my line mates for a lot of the points. I play a rough style of hockey and I guess some of the referees didn't accept that, luckily for me we had one of the leagues best penalty killing units that saved me most of  the times.



The Bombers led the entire WSHL with 93 points, setting a new league record since moving to Tier-ll Junior A. What were some of the most important components to the team's success?


I could tell in early September that we had a solid roster. The team was built of players that would all fit a special role in the team. Coach White put together lines of players so that all lines could be effective and that led to us being very dangerous in the offensive zone. I think that the key to our success was the fact that everyone accepted their role in the team and when we played as one unit. 



It was your first season playing outside of Sweden. What was the dynamic like, living and playing with players from all over the world? 


In the beginning of the season I felt like the communication on the ice was a bit tricky, I played a lot with Roman (Serafimovich) and Anton (Bowallius), and since I've played with Anton before, we talked Swedish on the ice; that combined with Roman speaking Russian to us sometimes led to some serious misunderstandings. But other than that It was the best year this far in my life, I couldn't have asked for a better team to play in, not only because of the success on the ice. All the days at the beach and the road trips, the boys actually made even the longest bus rides to a fun time!



What skills did you learn or improve upon, this season, that you think will help you have a productive NCAA career at Saint Mary's University?


I developed a lot as a player in different ways, not only the fact that I increased my scoring compared to the seasons before, I also feel like my role as a power forward fits me a lot better on the small rinks. I think that NCAA will be a perfect next step for me in my career; that, combined with an education from a school that I've heard a lot of good things about, made the decision easy for me. 



What are a few of your favorite memories, on or of the ice, from your time in Long Beach?


I've got an endless list of memories from this season, but some of the most outstanding ones except from crunch fitness have to be the days at the beach with the whole team, all the hikes, or the game cube nights. It was always something going on and everyone did things together. It was always a good time and the fact that the weather was better during the winter in California than our summer in Sweden, wasn't bad at all.