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GRANDSON OF CANADIENS LEGEND PAVING CAREER FOR HIMSELF OFF THE ICE

It's been seven years since former Hab, and Nashville Predator, Blake Geoffrion was forced to retire from professional hockey after suffering a depressed skull fracture. In a game while playing for the Canadiens AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, Geoffrion was hit by Syracuse Crunch defenceman Jean-Philippe Cote, and then hit his head on the end of Cote's skate blade, causing the depressed skull fracture.

Since retiring from the NHL, Geoffrion decided he wanted to continue being a part of the sport in any way possible. His agent at the time, Bill Zito, talked with Blue Jackets general manager, Jarmo Kekalainen, and Geoffrion brought into the Blue Jackets organization as a scout. His agent was also hired on by Keklainen, and spent several years with the Blue Jackets, and their AHL affiliate, Cleveland, in numerous role, including assistant general manager for the big club, and general manager of Cleveland. Geoffrion spent two seasons as a scout, before being moving into the management side of things, becoming the assistant general manager of Columbus' AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters. He was with Cleveland for three seasons, before returning to become a scout once again for Columbus, for the 2019-20 NHL season.

In early September, Bill Zito was named the new general manager of the Florida Panthers, and a couple weeks following the announcement, Geoffrion was announced as an assistant to the general manager. Following his former agent to Florida from Columbus, after Zito helped secure a position with Columbus way back in 2013.

"I'll be overseeing and running the pro scouting department, and I'll also be a Swiss Army knife for Billy, which is what I've always been, helping wherever he needs it, being a bit of a right hand for him." Geoffrion said in an interview with NHL reporter Dave Stubbs.

"If we can get this boat going the right way and give it some momentum, I think the future is bright for the organization." He went on to add, talking about the Panthers.



Geoffrion, 32, was drafted in the second round, 56th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2006 NHL entry draft. He played in 55 regular season games, recording 13 points (8 G, 5 A), 34 penalty minutes, and was a +3. In 12 career playoff games, he had 2 points (2 A), and 4 penalty minutes.

Geoffrion won the 2010 Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in American college hockey. During the 2009-10 season, while playing for the University of Wisconsin, he put up 50 points (28 G, 22 A), and 56 penalty minutes, in 40 games.

When he stepped onto the ice for his NHL debut, he became the NHL's first fourth generational player. His great-grandfather was Canadiens legend, Howie Morenz, his grandfather was another Canadiens legend, Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, and his father is Dan Geoffrion. All four of those players were apart of the Montreal Canadiens organization at some point in their careers. Howie Morenz (1923-1934; 1936-37), Bernie Geoffrion (1950-1964), Dan Geoffrion (1979-80), and Blake Geoffrion (2011-12).



It's great to see Blake continue on in hockey, carrying on his family legacy, and we wish him all the best in his new role with the Florida Panthers.

Source: Dave Stubbs/NHL
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