Hockey runs deep in the Geoffrion family.
But Blake Geoffrion’s career was just cut short.
The former Nashville Predators forward and fourth-generation NHL player announced his retirement on Monday. Geoffrion, 25, sustained a depressed skull fracture in November while playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs, an AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.
“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 in a statement released by the Canadiens.
“I would like to thank [owner] Geoff Molson, [general manager] Marc Bergevin , 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.”
Geoffrion, a native of Plantation, Fla., was drafted in the second round in 2006 by the Predators. He scored eight goals and had 13 points in 55 games over four seasons with the Predators and Canadiens from 2010-12. During the 2011 playoffs, he had two points for the Predators. He was traded to Montreal in 2012 for defenseman Hal Gill.
Geoffrion, who played collegiately at Wisconsin, took up the family trade. His father, Dan, grandfather, Hall of Famer Bernie, and great-grandfather, Hall of Famer Howie Morenz, also played. Blake’s younger brother, Sebastian, has participated in Predators development camps recently after a four-year career at Alabama-Huntsville, where his brother Brice also plays.
“A young player appreciated by everyone within our 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 endeavors.”