Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion ’06 has officially retired after suffering an injury in November. Geoffrion suffered a depressed skull fracture in an AHL game between the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Syracuse Crunch on Nov. 9, 2012. The game was during the NHL lockout.
Geoffrion will stay connected with hockey. He was hired as a pro scout by the Columbus Blue Jackets and will be based on Chicago.
Geoffrion became the eighth former Culver player to play in the NHL, joining Gary Suter, Barry Richter, Kevin Dean, Aris Brimanis, John Michael Liles, Mike Farrell, and Ryan Suter. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators, where he scored a hat trick on March 20, 2011. He was later traded to Montreal, where he became the fourth generation to play for the Habs. His great-grandfather is Howie Morenz, his grandfather is Bernie “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion, and his father Dan all played for Montreal. Morenz and “Boom-Boom” had Hall of Fame careers with the Canadiens.
Geoffrion played the 2003-2004 season for the CMA Eagles before joining the U.S. National Team Development Program. He went to Wisconsin, leading the Badgers to the national championship game his senior year and winning the Hobey Baker Award. His two brothers, Sebastian ’08 and Brice ’09, are CMA graduates.
For more on Geoffrion, his injury, and his decision to retire, read the ESPN story by John Buccigross.