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Jackets add recently retired Geoffrion to scouting staff

Jul 16, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

Blake Geoffrion AP

Just one day after announcing his retirement from professional hockey, Blake Geoffrion has a new job.

On Tuesday, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced they added Geoffrion to their professional scouting department.

“I’ve spoken at length with him a few times, and he really has a great read on today’s players,” said Jackets GM Jarmo Kekelainen. “It’s a real advantage when you can deal [with] people who have actually play against these guys, not just watched them.”

Geoffrion, 25, suffered what amounted to a career-ending depressed skull fracture on a hit (video) while playing for Montreal’s AHL Hamilton affiliate in November of last year.

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

Acquired by Montreal in 2011, he was celebrated as a fourth-generation Hab — 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.

As for his hire in Columbus — Kekalainen’s reference to Geoffrion’s playing experience is interesting, and makes a lot of sense.

Geoffrion played with a number of young, talented NHLers during his time with the Badgers — Kyle Turris, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Brendan Smith, Jake Gardiner, Brian Elliott, Jamie McBain, Davis Drewiske, Craig Smith — and against countless others during his four-year collegiate career.

He was also a teammate of Blue Jackets farmhand Cody Goloubef at Wisconsin.

  1. ibieiniid - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    coming from that family, it’d be surprising if he DIDN’T have the “hockey eye.” glad somebody got him on board. big up to CBJ for reaching out too. scouting isn’t playing, but I bet he’s still ecstatic.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Indeed. And while this may not be the career arc he’d planned or most wanted, it is most assuredly a happier one than that which so tragically felled his great-granddad. Only true meanies would wish Blake anything but the best of luck!!

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      I am from Minnesota, and why didnt the Wild think of this??
      i am old enough to have seen BOOM-BOOM play.
      Hats off to Columbus in hiring him that is fantastic..
      It is sad to see his hockey career end, he is so young, and maybe he would have followed in BOOM BOOM’S footsteps….
      I am sure he has a great eye for upcoming talent as it runs in the family
      Am proud of Columbus in hiring him….

  2. esracerx46 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Kudos to Columbus. This makes for a heartfelt story, as well as good publicity. Columbus is no longer the laughing stock of the league. They dug themselves out of that hole and threw Phoenix in it….or maybe just climbed over them

    • freestyle1022 - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Agreed on Columbus digging themselves out of that hole you speak of, but at least Phx has made the playoffs over the last couple of years..

  3. nhstateline - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    that’s just great. I felt so badly yesterday for the young man and so happy today that he gets to stay in the hockey business. Nice and wise move by the Jackets.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I’m loving keklainen right now , him and JD are putting this teamin the right direction

    • jady41 - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      I totally agree. I’m an eternal optimist, but the prospect of what can be this year for our beloved Jackets has me jumping out of my skin with excitement. #fingerscrossed!

      IJJDWT…In Jarmo & JD We Trust!

      • ibieiniid - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        here we see, in its natural habitat, the ultra-rare Blue Jackets fan on PHT. we can clearly see its one-of-a-kind level of frustration combined with a loyal yearning to see the playoffs again. notice the hashtag, seemingly floating at the end of the comment. what a beautiful specimen, and what an amazingly privileged sighting we’ve made.

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