11/22/2012 12:44 EST | Updated 01/22/2013 05:12 EST

Hamilton Bulldog Blake Geoffrion thanks fans after serious injury

Hamilton Bulldogs forward Blake Geoffrion has been cleared by the Montreal Canadiens medical staff to return home for three weeks. He suffered a depressed skull fracture during a game between the Syracuse Crunch and the Bulldogs on Nov. 9 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

After a hip-check from Syracuse's Jean-Phillipe Côté, Blake's body flipped and his head hit Côté's skate. He left the ice almost immediately and was rushed to hospital.

Geoffrion is property of the Canadiens organization and played 13 games with the NHL team last season. He released a statement Thursday containing a message for all those who have supported him as he begins the long recovery from his injury.

Message from Hamilton Bulldog Blake Geoffrion:

Thursday morning Geoffrion also expressed his thanks over from his twitter account, @BlakeGeoffrion. He wrote "Happy thanksgiving everyone. Very blessed and thankful for everything I have been given in my life. All because of the man above. #phil4:13 "

Geoffrion's father, former NHL player Danny Geoffrion, told CBC News that doctors had made several life-saving decisions and that he expects his son to make a full recovery.

"If it wasn't for a couple of quick calls that the trainer and the doctor made there on the spot to get him into the ambulance and into the hospital, Blake could not have been here with us today or have severe brain damage."

Medical staff expect Geoffrion, 24, will make a complete recovery from his injury.