According to John Buccigross, 2010 Hobey Baker winner (Wisconsin) Blake Geoffrion has informed Montreal Canadiens management that he plans to retire from professional hockey. “I love the game of hockey more than anything and this decision tears me up inside,” Geoffrion says, “but we are talking about my brain.”
Back on November 9th, 2012, Blake Geoffrion suffered a skull fracture when he was hit by Jean-Philippe Cote. Cote’s skate came up and cut Geoffrion’s head. It was a very unfortunate freak accident. Before the injury, Blake was one of the best players for Hamilton and it was a huge loss for the team. Not too long ago Blake was in Montreal and he made it clear at that moment that he was not announcing his retirement. Sadly, we are at that point now where he will hang up his skates.
The Montreal Canadiens acquired Geoffrion on February, 17th, 2012 from Nashville with a 2012 2nd round pick and Robert Slaney in exchange for Hal Gill and a conditional 5th round pick in 2013. He scored his first goal for the Habs on March 10th against the Vancouver Canucks with a nice pass from prospect Louis Leblanc.
Blake Geoffrion was drafted by the Predators in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. It is extremely sad that he has to put an end to his career because of an injury, but his health is the most important thing. Hopefully he will be able to live a healthy and happy life as he moves forward with a new path. Good luck Blake.
Update per John Glennon: Just spoke to Danny Geoffrion, Blake’s dad. He says Blake hasn’t retired yet, but simply given notice to Canadiens that he’s considering it. Danny Geoffrion said Blake’s decision will come in next few weeks. He hasn’t skated much since suffering skull fracture last year.