Blake Geoffrion tells Canadiens he's considering retirement at 25
Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion, grandson of Bernie 'Boom Boom' Geoffrion and son of Dan Geoffrion, has informed the Canadiens he is considering retirement from professional hockey.
Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion, grandson of Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion and son of Dan Geoffrion, has reportedly told the Canadiens he is considering retirement from professional hockey.
The forward with the famous last name was dealt to Montreal from Nashville last season in the Hal Gill trade, spending his time with AHL Hamilton. In a November game he was hit with a hip check along the neutral-zone boards and sent flying into the air.
When he came back down to the ice he fractured his skull and sustained a concussion and he was sent to the hospital. While the Canadiens said the injuries were not life-threatening and that he would likely make a full recovery, he has decided that his hockey career won't.
ESPN's John Buccigross reported Wednesday morning that Geoffrion was indeed retiring and passed along this quote from the player:
"I love the game of hockey more than anything and this decision tears me up inside," Geoffrion said. "But we are talking about my brain."
But not so fast. John Glennon of the Tennessean says he spoke to Dan Geoffrion, who said his son has not told the Canadiens he's retiring, just that he's considering it. He continued that his son will make a decision in the next few weeks and hasn't skated yet since the injury.
"I'm not saying he's not going to (retire)," Dan Geoffrion said, via Glennon. "(But) he just put the Canadiens on notice that it's a possibility."
The Canadiens confirmed that they were informed simply that he's considering retirement since he has not improved since November.
Just last month Geoffrion told the media in Montreal how he was trying to get back on the ice.
"I'm doing everything I can to get back," he said. "I miss the game of hockey. It's unbelievable. I can't wait to get back."
If this is it for Geoffrion, it's a terribly sad ending to a career that had hardly begun, but it's hard to argue against his decision-making. He's only 25 years old and has a long life ahead of him. Why would he risk that for the chance to try and come back to play more hockey?
Besides having a famous surname (Boom Boom is credited with having "invented" the slap shot), Geoffrion will be remembered for the stellar college career he had at the University of Wisconsin. He had 28 goals and 22 assists in the 2009-10 season, earning the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top player.
But he couldn't translate that success to his pro career. He saw time with the Predators in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons but only mustered 11 points in 42 games. They traded him to Montreal where he played 13 games for the Habs, scoring two goals. With Hamilton this season he had played in nine games prior to the injury, scoring four goals with two assists.
Something else Geoffrion will be remembered for is being a Southern hockey pioneer. He was originally born in Plantation, Fla. -- just a few miles from where the Florida Panthers' arena now is -- but grew up in Brentwood, Tenn. He truly was a hometown boy while playing with the Predators.
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