Lundqvist Another Goalie Cross Training With Tennis
Sweden-based hockey writer Risto Pakarinen recently caught up with Henrik Lundqvist in Gothenburg and delivered an excellent and profile on the New York Rangers star for ESPN.com.
It’s a great read for fans and goalies alike, but Among the most interesting tidbits for those who stop pucks for fun – or for a living – was Lundqvist talking about his off-ice training regiment this summer.
Of particular interest was how much Lundqvist relied on tennis, something InGoal Magazine has heard from other NHL goaltenders in the past:
“I’ve played a lot of tennis this summer,” Lundqvist told Pakarinen in Swedish. “These days I don’t want to spend hours at the gym, and I find tennis to be a great exercise for me. You need quick feet, there are lots of turns and twists, back and forth, just like on the ice.”
It’s certainly easy to see the parallels between stopping pucks and playing tennis. Both require a lot of quick lateral movements and excellent eye-hand co-ordination. Maybe that explains why other goalies have mixed tennis with the usual gym training the summers.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack told InGoal two summers ago he was mixing four position-specific off-ice strength sessions with “two or three” less structured workouts each week, including some tennis.
“It’s perfect for goalies because it’s like a short amount of time you work, and it’s exactly the same as in goal,” Lack said of playing tennis in the summers. “A point can take anywhere from five seconds to 45 seconds or a minute, so you have to be on your toes all the time, a lot of lateral movement, and hand-eye coordination.”
Lack’s good friend and fellow Swede Anders Lindback also mixes racquet sports into his off seasons.