Three Junior hockey veterans who played in the Western States Hockey League have recently signed professional contracts in Europe. All three players have ties to the Las Vegas Thunderbirds where they began the 2019-20 season.
Tomas Urbanec became the all-time leading scorer in WSHL history posting 362 points in his 241 games. Urbanec posted 48 points in 25 games, including the record-breaking goal – with the Thunderbirds before being traded to El Paso. He finished the season with 75 points.
— Las Vegas Thunderbirds (@vegastbirds) October 25, 2019
On May 18 Urbanec inked a deal with HC Dukla Jihlava of the Czech Republic Chance Liga (second division).
Forward Emil Svartbro also spent 25 games in Las Vegas before being dealt to the Ogden Mustangs with teammate Christoffer Juvas. The Estonia national team member Svartbro will play at Tyresö/Hanviken SK of HockeyEttan (Swedish third tier).
Juvas, who posted 30 points in 23 games with Las Vegas, will now be on opposite sides of Svartbro as he has joined Hammerby also of HockeyEttan.
Thunderbirds Head Coach Dave Hyrsky was pleased to see the professional opportunities for the trio saying, “all three players deserve everything they get. They are all gifted offensively and have great character. These are three of the hardest working guys I ever worked with at any level. The biggest thing with these three is character and how coachable they are.”
All three players are clients of International Hockey Management. Find more about IHM online https://www.intlhockeymgmt.com.