National striker Grégory Hofmann is more than “just” a clipper

Hofmann am Karjala Cup against Finnen Karjalainen.Image: www.imago-images.de

Grégory Hofmann is currently feeling very well after a difficult season and not participating in the World Cup. After defeating Olympic and world champions Finland, he is looking to continue the ruckus with the national team at the Karjala Cup in Turku.

Grégory Hofmann looks back on the turbulent last season. First, he was not used in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets as hoped. He felt too little confidence. He lacked open communication like in Switzerland.

In January, he became a father for the first time. All of this led him to decide to leave the NHL adventure and get back on the EV train. In May, he celebrated the second championship title in a row with the Central Switzerland team.

“However, my game involves much more than ‘just’ scoring goals”

“Many things happened,” says Hofmann in an interview with the Keystone-SDA news agency. The 29-year-old fighter needed time to let everything sink in, which is why he gave up the world championship. It paid off, his feeling is better than last season – even if the goal tally is modest by his standards. He scored five goals in the previous 23 competitive matches with Zug and the national team. “Of course there are expectations in this regard. However, there is much more to my game than ‘just’ scoring goals,” says Knipser Hofmann.

The statement underscores the maturation process he went through. He used to struggle when he didn’t score as often. Now he’s focused on what he can do better. “I’ve created a lot of chances this season, there’s very little left to score more goals. I know how fast things go in ice hockey. All of a sudden, pucks go in.” He also sees his role as a leader in making others better. He has already scored 13 assists in 17 championship matches so far.

Now against Sweden and the Czech Republic

In the first game of the Karjala Cup against home country Finland, which Switzerland won 3-2 after a penalty shootout, Hofmann’s enthusiasm for the game was striking. It could be seen that he currently has good legs. He also set an example defensively.

“We played really well for sixty minutes,” Hofmann reflects. “It’s nice, but it’s important to keep performing well because we want to establish ourselves as a top-six team. It starts with each individual focusing on winning their duels. The opponent does not get many opportunities. If we do the right little things again against Sweden, there is a good chance of another victory.”

Before Sunday’s duel against the Czech Republic, the next opponent on Saturday is the Scandinavians. (ram/sda)

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