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MONTREAL – Forward Blake Geoffrion issued the following statement Monday, with regards to his decision to retire from professional hockey.
“After suffering an injury in November and taking time to recover and reflect, I have decided to step away from the game of hockey for the time being. I would like to thank Geoff Molson, Marc Bergevin, the entire Montreal Canadiens organization as well as the Hamilton Bulldogs organization for everything they have done for me. They have been unwavering in their support, professionalism and kindness. I cannot thank them enough ” said Blake Geoffrion.
“A young player appreciated by everyone within our organization, Blake has shown a lot of courage since suffering a serious injury. He made the decision to end his professional hockey career and we wish him the very best in his future endeavours” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
Such a sad ending to a hockey career that had yet to reach its full potential.
from Scott Radley of the Hamilton Spectator,
Six hours earlier, they’d settled into their seats in Montreal’s Bell Centre to watch their son play on the family’s ancestral ice. Now it was just after 1 a.m. on Saturday and the doctors had popped out into the waiting room with some knee-buckling news.
Surgery had removed a silver dollar-sized chunk of Blake Geoffrion’s skull and replaced it with a titanium plate. The convulsions had stopped. But his future rode on the next half-hour.
“They said, ‘In 30 minutes, when we run another CT scan, if the brain swells, Blake could be waking up with brain damage,’” his dad says.
The story Danny Geoffrion tells of what happened Friday night — the part that starts after the clip you saw on the sports shows — is every sports parent’s nightmare. Even the parent of a pro athlete.
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
“I haven’t stopped smiling all day,” Geoffrion said by phone. “This afternoon I tried to get a little nap in because we’ve been traveling a lot, but I couldn’t really sleep. I’m thrilled to death, and I can’t wait to play.”
If Geoffrion takes the ice, he would become the fourth member of his family to play in the league, joining great-grandfather Howie Morenz, grandfather Bernie Geoffrion — both Hockey Hall of Famers — and father Danny Geoffrion.
If you have some time, make sure to watch the Legends of Hockey video on Blake’s dad ‘Boom Boom’ Geoffrion below…
Nashville, Tenn. (June 15, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner and Brentwood, Tenn., native Blake Geoffrion to an entry-level contract. Geoffrion is the first Tennessee native drafted by an NHL team (56th overall by the Predators in the 2006 Entry Draft) and first to sign an NHL contract.
Geoffrion, 22 (2/3/88), won the Hobey Baker, award given to college hockey’s most outstanding player, after tying for second in the nation in goals (28) and finishing first in Division I hockey in power-play tallies (15). A tri-captain of the University of Wisconsin Badgers in 2009-10, Geoffrion posted 50 points (28g-22a) in 40 games, helping the school reach the NCAA National Championship Game. In addition to recently being named USA Hockey’s College Player of the Year, the 6-1, 196-pound right wing was a First-Team West All-American, and a First-Team WCHA selection in his senior season. Geoffrion was also the Most Valuable Player of the West Regional after leading UW to victories over Vermont and St. Cloud State with five points (2g-3a) in the two games.
from Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck,
With Blake Geoffrion expected to sign his entry-level NHL contract soon, the Nashville Predators are going to welcome the most heralded rookie in franchise history….
When he eventually makes his debut with the Nashville Predators, he will become a 4th-generation NHL player. His father Danny was a 1st-round draft choice by the Montreal Canadiens and played three seasons with various teams, while his grandfather (Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion) and great-grandfather (Howie Morenz) stand among the all-time titans of the sport….
Has anyone ever entered the world of professional sports with such an accomplished family tree, and the personal awards to back it up?
via WKOW.com (Madison, WI),
Wisconsin Senior Forward Blake Geoffrion has won the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey’s most outstanding Player. Geoffrion is the first Badger ever to win the award.
Geoffrion put up some impressive numbers in his final year at Wisconsin. He tied for 2nd in the nation in goals scored and is the captain of a Badger team playing for the national title on Saturday against Boston College.