Geoffrion takes his skates off


bulldogsMONTREAL – After a serious head injury cut short his 2012-13 season, Blake Geoffrion has decided to retire as a player.

“After suffering an injury in November and taking time to recover and reflect, I have decided to step away from the game of hockey for the time being”, said Geoffrion.

“I would like to thank Geoff Molson, Marc Bergevin and the entire Montreal Canadiens organization as well as the Hamilton Bulldogs organization for everything they have done for me. They have been unwavering in their support, professionalism and kindness. I cannot thank them enough.”

“A young player appreciated by everyone within our organization, Blake has shown a lot of courage since suffering a serious injury… and we wish him the very best in his future endeavours,” said Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin.

Geoffrion, 25, suffered a depressed skull fracture on Nov. 9, 2012 in an American Hockey League game between the Bulldogs and the Syracuse Crunch at Bell Centre in Montreal.

Geiffrion, a forward, was acquired by Montreal in a trade with the Nashville Predators, who drafted him in the second round (56th overall) in the 2006 NHL entry draft. In addition to Geoffrion, the Canadiens received a second round 2012 draft pick, (Dalton Thrower), and Robert Slaney, while giving away Hal Gill and future considerations.

In 19 games with the Bulldogs, Geoffrion had 18 points.

He is the grandson of Montreal great, Bernie “Boom Boom? Geoffrion.