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Geoffrion announces retirement

Jul 15, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

Blake Geoffrion AP

Back in March, it was reported that 25-year-old Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion had retired after suffering a serious head injury while playing for AHL Hamilton in November.

That report was quickly refuted, with Geoffrion’s dad saying his son was only considering retiring.

But today, Geoffion made it official.

“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,” he said in a release. “I would like to thank Geoff Molson, Marc Bergevin, 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.”

Geoffrion required immediate surgery for a depressed skull fracture that he sustained on a hit (video) from Jean-Philippe Cote of the Syracuse Crunch.

Drafted 56th overall by Nashville in 2006, Geoffrion was a star with the University of Wisconsin and was the Hobey Baker winner in 2010.

He was also a fourth-generation Hab, as the son of former Canadien Danny Geoffrion, the grandson of Hall of Famer Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion and the great-grandson of another Hall of Famer, Howie Morenz.

The fact Geoffrion said he was stepping away from hockey “for the time being” seems to leave the door open for a return down the line. Hopefully he gets to the point, health-wise, where he can consider it.

“I love the game of hockey more than anything and this decision tears me up inside,” Geoffrion said in March, “but we are talking about my brain. Not a knee or a shoulder. I want to have a family, have kids, play with them and [have] a strong quality of life for another 60 or 70 years.”

  1. ibieiniid - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    eh, that’s a bummer. at least he freakin lived.

    but PHT, what gives?

    http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/13/report-montreal-forward-geoffrion-retires/

    is this just the official announcement story today? because that one has a quote from him about retiring… in March.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      [insert "maybe you should read the story before commenting" comment here]

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    At least he isn’t pulling a kovalchuk

  3. packerswin96 - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Tough way to have to retire, but health is the main thing here. Good luck Blake with whatever you decide to do.

  4. dutchman1350 - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Undoubtably disappointed, however a smart move by Blake. Unfortunate we did not get a chance to see his playing potential.

  5. benrob99 - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    DAMN YOU MATT COOKE!!!!!

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