by Joe Tasca on 02/08/13 at 11:30 AM ET
It's been a rough couple of months for Canadiens prospect Blake Geoffrion.
While playing for the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs back in November, Geoffrion suffered a devastating head injury after being hit by Syracuse Crunch defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote. The check was clean, but Geoffrion's head struck Cote's skate as he fell to the ice. The former Hobey Baker Award winner went into convulsions after being taken to a Montreal hospital. He eventually had a piece of his skull removed and replaced by a metal plate.
Geoffrion was later diagnosed with a depressive skull fracture. This week, he spoke with the Montreal media about his condition:
"When I got hit I was like, 'Aw, crap, I'm getting some stitches' because I was bleeding pretty bad when I didn't want to have to leave the ice that early in the game. Then when I got into the room they just wanted to make sure it wasn't anything more serious. It ended up being so."
Geoffrion said he didn't realize the severity of the injury until a few days later, but has watched it several times and thought it was a good, clean hit. He's has spoken with Cote, who contacted him to apologize. Geoffrion said he was more upset at himself for not being more aware on the ice. He believed he could skate by Cote on the play.
The recovery will take time and given his previous injuries it's still a mystery if he'll be able to play again. But despite the roadblock in front of him, Geoffrion isn't backing down from the challenge.
"I miss the game of hockey. It's unbelievable. I can't wait to get back out there and play again."
Nobody knows what the future holds for Blake Geoffrion. If there's any justice, he'll be able to one day enjoy a lengthy career with the same team his grandfather Bernie and great-grandfather Howie Morenz played for years ago. More than anything, Geoffrion's injury provides us with yet another sobering reminder of how incredibly dangerous the sport of hockey is, and of the risks these young men take when they step onto the ice every night.
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Tasca's Take is written by Joe Tasca. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe works as a broadcaster for seven radio stations in southern New England. Whether that's a testament to his on-air ability or because he has a desparate need for money is debatable.
Joe spends his summers playing golf, enjoying the beauty of Misquamicut Beach, and wining and dining girls who are easily awed by the mere presence of a radio personality. During the winter months, he can usually be found taking in a hockey game somewhere in North America. In the spring, he spends much of his time in botanical gardens tiptoeing through the tulips, while autumn is a time to frolic with his golden retrievers through piles of his neighbors’ leaves.