Montreal Canadiens prospect Vinzenz Rohrer released from hospital after frightening blow

Ottawa 67’s forward Vinzenz Rohrer was released from hospital Wednesday night after colliding with Kingston Frontenacs defenseman Thomas Budnick earlier in the evening.

Rohrer was stretched off the ice after landing on his head from a hip strike. Reports indicated that Rohrer was awake and had movement in all of his extremities. The team confirmed that Rohrer would be out indefinitely, with no timetable provided.

Rohrer scored earlier in the game on Wednesday as the 67’s cruised to an 8-1 win over their rival. It was Rohrer’s second game with Ottawa since returning from the World Junior Championship, where Austria were relegated after going 0-6 and finishing last.

The Montreal Canadiens selected Rohrer with the 75th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. The 2004-born player is a crucial part of the Ottawa team, having scored 12 goals and 34 points in 28 games.

Last year, Rohrer turned heads with a 25-goal, 48-point rookie campaign. He previously played in Switzerland and was a dominant U-17 player before Ottawa took him 27th overall in the 2021 CHL Import Draft.

The 67’s lead the OHL with a 29-6-1 record, giving them 60 points in 37 games. They are currently on an 8-1-1-0 streak over the last 10 games and are one of the favorites to win the OHL Championship. Losing Rohrer for a long period of time will definitely hurt. But the additions of top defender Pavel Mintyukov and forward Logan Morrison will help ease the pain.

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