Tordhall Signs In Sweden's Division 1 with Hometown Piteå

by Ron White

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the pro signing of defenseman, Jonathan Tordhall. After several productive seasons for the Piteå HC J20 and J18 teams, including a J20 Elit North Championship, and National Defenseman Scoring Title, Tordhall will return home to suit up for the senior club. In 2015-2016, Tordhall played 6 games for the big club, recording a lone assist. After honing his skills in North America, the three-zone rearguard has now earned a spot at the Division 1 level.

 

A return home will be nothing new for the twenty-one year-old, but Piteå HC should notice a new level of productivity and confidence, from the young blue liner. With the Bombers, Tordhall was often the best player on the ice. He broke onto the scene with a hat-trick in his first WSHL game, and continued to fight through adversity to finish the season with 10 Goals and 29 Assists in 40 Games Played. Tordhall finished 3rd in defensive scoring for the Squad, which was a career-high in points, and played a crucial role in all situations. His ability to make a tape-to-tape first-pass, or simply skate the puck out of the defensive zone, was a huge bonus for the Long Beach back-end. The Bombers lost just five games in regulation, in 2016-2017, and Tordhall was out for two of them, and kicked out in the first period of another. Tordhall earned the Long Beach Bombers' Top Defenseman Award, this past season.

 

Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Jonathan is an elite defenseman, plain and simple. He excels in all three zones, has high-end offensive skills, and plays a very cerebral defensive game. It could easily be argued that he was our MVP, when he was healthy. There were games and stretches where he would be in a class of his own. I am ecstatic that he has signed with the Division 1 club, back at home. I fully expect him to have a breakout season, for a young player at that level. I think he gained a lot of experience and confidence, this season, and I know that he was really starting to improve on the power play, as the season came to a close. He is a great teammate and young man, that we will definitely miss, next year. We will certainly be keeping an eye on Jonathan and Piteå, this year. We wish him all the best, and expect him to have a very long and productive career at the professional level.”

 

 

Jonathan’s Player Profile Page:http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=147273

 

 

Q & A with Jonathan Tordhall:

 

 

You had a lot of personal and team success in Sweden, for Piteå HC juniors, prior to signing with the Bombers. That success continued in Long Beach. Were there any differences that stood out, to you?

 

There were many differences playing hockey in the US versus playing hockey in Sweden. For starters the game is a lot harder and more intense in the US and for me as a defenceman I learned to play a smarter and easier defense which made me grow as an hockey player. The game is also much faster since the rink is smaller. 

 

 

Despite missing nearly 20 games due to injury, you had a career-high in points, with 39.  The production started from game one of the season, when you netted a hat-trick. Were there any personal improvements or development that you noticed, over the course of the season?

 

My goal this season was to become a better hockey player, both to increase my strength in the game and make smarter decisions. I think I managed to do that in both ways. I learned an entire new way to play defense and I think it will be of great value for me, not only this season back home in Sweden, but for all of my future seasons. Something that really stood out for me was that from the beginning of the season the coaches gave a lot of trust which led to a lot of playtime which I am very thankful for. I strongly believe that it was because of that I had such an successful season despite my injury. 

 

 

Now, you head back to Piteå, with a contract to play on the Division 1 senior club (3rd level Swedish pro). What are your expectations for yourself and the team, this year?

 

The expectations for this season are to get a starting position among the defence and to make an successful season with Piteå hockey. For the expectations on the team, I just hope we advance in to a higher divison. 

 

 

What will you miss most about Southern California and being a member of the Long Beach Bombers?

 

The weather, of course, but most of all the team. I made some lifelong friends back in Long Beach, which I am very thankful for. This year has been truly amazing and I wish I could come back for next season. Sucks to get older. 

 

 

Did you use Google Translator for any of this Q & A?

 

No! My girlfriend acted as Google Translate this time, and translated the whole thing haha.