Hamilton Bulldog and Montreal Canadiens prospect Blake Geoffrion is retiring from pro hockey.
“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,” Geoffrion said. “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.”
The 25-year-old suffered a skull fracture during a Hamilton Bulldogs game at the Bell Centre in Montreal against the Syracuse Crunch last year. After a hip-check from Syracuse's Jean-Phillipe Côté, Geoffrion's body flipped and his head hit Côté's skate. Days later, he underwent skull surgery in Montreal to repair the damage.
Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin called Geoffrion a player that was appreciated by everyone in the Habs' organization.
“Blake has shown a lot of courage since suffering a serious injury,” Bergevin said. “He made the decision to end his professional hockey career and we wish him the very best in his future endeavours.”
Geoffrion is the fourth member of his family to suit up for the Canadiens. So did his dad, former NHLer Danny Geoffrion, his grandfather Boom-Boom Geoffrion and his great-grandfather, Howie Morenz.
The youngest Geoffrion played 13 games for the Canadiens last season, scoring two goals.