Predators' latest recalls set stage for a bit of hockey history

Friday, February 25, 2011 at 8:48pm

Blake Geoffrion will make hockey history when he makes NHL debut Saturday with the Nashville Predators.

Geoffrion, a Brentwood native, will become the league’s first fourth-generation player when the Predators play the Dallas Stars (1 p.m., Fox-Sports-Tennessee) in Dallas.

The stage was set Friday evening when he was recalled from Milwakuee along with forward Matt Halischuk.

Geoffrion, Nashville’s top pick in 2006 (second round, 56th overall), is the great grandson of Howie Morenz, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction class, and the grandson of Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion, who also is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. His father, Danny Geoffrion, played for two NHL franchises and spent time in the World Hockey Association.

A first-year pro, Geoffrion recently became the first player in 16 years to be named American Hockey League player of the week in consecutive weeks. At the time of his recall, he was second on the Admirals with 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists).

Halischuk played 11 games for the Predators between Jan. 16 and Feb. 12 before he was sent back to Milwaukee, where he had four points (two goals, two assists) in his last three games.