The National Bank Open festivities have officially begun as the draw was made on Friday afternoon. Quebec is now in tennis mode. Canadiens prospect Vinzenz Rohrer is a tennis player himself, having used the sport to improve his hockey skills.
It’s not a secret, many people often say it; practicing several sports helps performance. The Canadiens’ third-round pick played hockey and tennis as a kid. He was very good at tennis. He even became Austrian national junior tennis champion when he was younger.
Playing tennis helped Vinzenz Rohrer excel on the ice.#GoHabsGo https://t.co/SAEhPa2TYU
— Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) August 5, 2022
For Rohrer, tennis has helped him refine many aspects of his game, especially deviations.
“Tennis has helped a lot with the coordination of my hands and feet. I spent all my time in net on the power play in Ottawa because I explained to the guys that if they threw the puck normally, with a normal wrist shot, I was going to deflect it 9 times out of 10. I really put the emphasis on that with our defender placed in the top of the territory, Jack Matier. – Vinzenz Rohrer in an interview at the NHL Draft
He’s still right, because this season, 7 of his 25 goals have been scored on the power play with the Ottawa 67’s. In fact, he’s so confident in his deflection abilities that he’s developed a new style of play and hardly moves on the power play.
“The guys on the flanks are mostly one-timers or they come forward and shoot, which is hard to deflect. I’m more of a screen type. That’s why I always said to the defender at the point: “If you have a corridor, shoot. Don’t even wonder if there’s an opening or if you should shoot high or low; shoot towards the net and I’ll deflect it. “That was not bad, the strategy.” – Vinzenz Rohrer in an interview at the NHL Draft
If he can continue this momentum into the NHL, Rohrer could quickly become a weapon of choice for the CH and especially a crowd favorite. In Montreal, fans like guys who get in the net and who don’t shy away from it. Just think of Brendan Gallagher and Corey Perry during the 2021 playoffs.
In fact, his involvement in the power play can clearly help, because the Canadian’s power play doesn’t work very well. On the other hand, if the Canadian can count on a sniper in Cole Caufield on the side and on a Vinzenz Rohrer who deflects shots in front of the net, things can improve for Montreal.
Tennis not only helped Rohrer skillfully, but also mentally. He explains that in tennis, if you have a bad match, everyone sees it. In hockey, it’s easier to hide behind the team. It was therefore by practicing an individual sport that he became mentally stronger and better at taking bad shots.
Rohrer has always enjoyed tennis, but decided to focus on his hockey career because he prefers the sport’s team play. Luckily for Montreal, it looks like he won’t be choosing racquets over sticks in the next few years.
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– Felix gets a pass for the first round.
National Bank Open | Félix Auger-Aliassime is the only Canadian benefiting from the draw https://t.co/wTp6B6nYg1
– The Sports Press (@LaPresse_Sports) August 5, 2022
– A new kid is coming to Montreal.
In preparation for my first @OBNmontreal. Proud to have the chance to play at home in front of the best audience 🙌😄
— Alexis Galarneau (@tennisgalarneau) August 5, 2022
– The Stars have a lot of trouble getting along with their goaltender.
Sources: Contract talks between the Stars and Jake Oettinger’s camp have gone nowhere.
Breaking down factors causing the impasse, his perceived market value and, with training camp about a month away, where things go from here https://t.co/1mcyFcwPcR
— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) August 5, 2022
– It smells like the return of Eugenie Bouchard!
Getting closer 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/kq7mIRShlC
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) August 5, 2022
– First victory in his first game for Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich outclass Frankfurt in season openerhttps://t.co/UPXiQWugZy
—RDS (@RDSca) August 5, 2022
– Things are brewing at the 49ers and Shanahan is trying to bring everyone back to order.
Kyle Shanahan is tired of fights in traininghttps://t.co/t9jF4HjCgS
—RDS (@RDSca) August 5, 2022