February 3, 1988 |
Plantation, Florida, USA
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)|
|Played for||Nashville Predators
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||56th overall, 2006
Blake Daniel Geoffrion (born February 3, 1988) is an American former professional ice hockey player. He last played with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. He was a second round selection of the Nashville Predators, 56th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut on February 26, 2011. In doing so, he became the first fourth-generation player in the league's history, after his father Dan, grandfather Bernie and great-grandfather Howie Morenz. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in 2012 and while playing with their minor league affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, suffered a depressed skull fracture that forced his retirement from the game in 2013. He then joined the Columbus Blue Jackets initially as a pro scout, before earning a promotion as the assistant general manager to AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.
A graduate of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, Geoffrion represented Team USA three times. He was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2006 IIHF World U18 Championship and won bronze at the 2007 World Junior Hockey Championship. He moved on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he enjoyed a standout college career. He was a conference all-star in his senior year of 2009–10, was also named the consensus All-American and Player of the Year and won the Hobey Baker Award as the top college player in the United States.
Geoffrion was born in Plantation, Florida, but grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee. He first attended the Culver Military Academy where he helped his team win the Indiana state championship in 2003. He was invited to join the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (USNTDP) where he spent two seasons between 2004 and 2006. He made his international debut with Team USA at the 2006 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. He scored five points in six games in the tournament for the gold medal winning Americans. From the USNTDP, Geoffrion was recruited to play with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers.
Geoffrion joined the Badgers in 2006–07 where he led the team in penalties with 62 minutes. He again played for Team USA, this time at the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships where he appeared in all seven of his team's games, registering one assist as the Americans won a bronze medal. In his sophomore season, Geoffrion improved to 30 points overall and tied for the team lead with 19 points in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play. His teammates named him the most competitive player on the Badgers. He returned to the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2008, scoring one point in six games while the Americans failed to win a medal.
Named co-captain of the Badgers in his junior season of 2008–09, Geoffrion led his team in goals within the WCHA with 12 and tied for the lead overall at 15. His overall total of 28 points was fourth best on the team. Serving as a tri-captain, he led the WCHA in goal scoring in 2009-10 with 19 and was second in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) with 28. He reached the 50-goal plateau for his college career on March 13 and 100 points on February 19. Considered one of the NCAA's most complete players, Geoffrion was his team's top faceoff performer and was praised for the way his play improved as his team's games grew in importance.
He was named a first-team all-star in both the WCHA and the NCAA-West. Additionally, Geoffrion was named US College Hockey Online's national player of the year. Soon after the Badgers reached the 2010 NCAA championship game, Geoffrion was named the winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in American college hockey. In doing so, he became the first Wisconsin player to win the award. Geoffrion and the Badgers were unable to cap off their season with a championship, however, losing 5–0 to the Boston College Eagles before a world indoor record crowd of 37,592 at Ford Field in Detroit.
Following his sophomore season with the Badgers, the Nashville Predators made Geoffrion their second round selection, 56th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He chose to complete his college career before turning to the professional game and signed an amateur try-out contract with the Predators' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, to conclude the 2009–10. He appeared in three playoff games with the Admirals and scored two goals.
The Predators signed Geoffrion to a two-year entry-level contract on June 15, 2010. He was assigned back to Milwaukee to begin the 2010–11 AHL season where he struggled to begin the season before injuries and the promotion of other players to Nashville opened up more ice time for him. After scoring 16 points in his first 31 games of the season, Geoffrion improved to 17 points in seven games at the end of January and beginning of February. His scoring outburst made him the first player to earn consecutive AHL player of the week since Jim Carey in 1994.
As a result of his improved play Geoffrion was recalled to Nashville on February 25, 2011. After Jared Ross, he became the second player raised in the American South to participate in an NHL game. One night later, he made his National Hockey League debut against the Dallas Stars. He scored his first NHL goal, in his third game, against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Martin Gerber on March 1. Geoffrion registered his first hat trick on March 20, 2011, against the Buffalo Sabres.
On February 17, 2012, Geoffrion was traded to the Montreal Canadiens with Robert Slaney and a 2012 second-round pick for defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional fifth-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. To honor his grandfather and great-grandfather, Geoffrion chose to wear number 57 on his jersey (Bernie Geoffrion wore 5, Howie Morenz wore 7).
Geoffrion began the 2012–13 season with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. During a November 9, 2012, game against the Syracuse Crunch, he suffered a depressed skull fracture following a hip check by Jean-Philippe Côté. As Geoffrion fell to the ice, his head struck the end of Côté's skate blade, causing the injury. He required emergency surgery to repair the fracture and was initially expected to make a full recovery. Four months after the injury, Geoffrion informed the Canadiens that he was contemplating retirement due to the injury, though he had not come to a final decision. He eventually decided to retire from professional hockey on July 15, 2013, at the age of 25. The following day he was hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets as a pro scout.
After two seasons with the Blue Jackets as a scout, Geoffrion moved into management, being selected as the assistant general manager of Columbus' AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters on July 19, 2016.
Family and personal life
Upon making his debut with the Predators, Geoffrion became the NHL's first fourth generation player. His great-grandfather (paternal grandmother's father) was Hockey Hall of Famer Howie Morenz, and the man named the best hockey player of the first half of the 20th century by the Canadian Press. His paternal grandfather, Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion, is also a Hall of Famer and the man who invented the slap shot (hence the nickname "Boom-Boom"). His father, Dan, played three NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets.
Geoffrion was close to his grandfather and was the last person "Boom Boom" spoke to before his death in 2006. Geoffrion wore #5 while with the Predators in his honor, while his teammates have nicknamed him "Boomer", after his grandfather. He has three brothers: Nick, Sebastien and Brice.
He majored in consumer affairs at Wisconsin and is associated with a marketing firm in Madison. He continues to learn about marketing and public relations, and writes a weekly blog for Nashville newspaper The Tennessean.
Geoffrion got engaged to his girlfriend Katelyn Deady in June 2012.
Regular season and playoffs
|2004–05||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||48||9||18||27||86||10||2||5||7||23|
|2005–06||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||54||18||23||41||68||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||36||2||4||6||62||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||36||10||20||30||52||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||35||15||13||28||73||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||40||28||22||50||56||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|Representing United States|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
|All-WCHA First Team||2009–10|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2009–10|
- 2009–10: Consensus first-team All-American honors
- 2009–10: Consensus player of the year honors
- 2009–10: Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player)
- 2010: Nominated for ESPY Award for Best Male College Athlete
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- Cooper, Josh (2011-02-25). "Predators call up Brentwood's Blake Geoffrion". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- Meltzer, Bill (2011-02-26). "Predators' Geoffrion Carries on the Name". Versus. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- "Canadiens acquire Geoffrion from Predators in trade for Gill". TSN. February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- Montreal Canadiens (2012-02-17). "All in the family". Canadiens.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- "VIDEO: Near-fatal skull fracture jeopardizes Blake Geoffrion's NHL dream". Hamilton Spectator. 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- Branswell, Brenda (2012-11-13). "Danny Geoffrion thankful for care his son, Blake, received after head injury". Montreal Gazette. p. A20. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- Glennon, John (2013-03-13). "Blake Geoffrion pondering retirement, his father says". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2013-03-13.
- "Canadiens' Geoffrion Steps Away From Hockey At Age 25". TSN. 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- Gretz, Adam (2013-07-16). "Blake Geoffrion hired as pro scout for Columbus Blue Jackets". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
- "Jared Bednar extended, CBJ announced additional Monsters staff hirings". Lake Erie Monsters. 2016-07-19. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
- "Preds Call Up Blake Geoffrion and Matt Halischuk From Milwaukee". Nashville Predators. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
- Duplacey, James; Zweig, Eric (2010). Official Guide to the Players of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Firefly Books. p. 187. ISBN 1-55407-662-5.
- Matheson, Jim (2011-03-01). "Predators' Geoffrion a fourth-generation NHL player". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- Mertz, Adam (2011-02-17). "Ex-Badger Geoffrion continues to brew up 'storybook career'". The Capital Times. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- https://twitter.com/BriceGeoffrion/status/212029343285772291[dead link]
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Blake Geoffrion on Twitter
|Awards and achievements|
|Winner of the Hobey Baker Award