Geoffrion “steps away” from hockey

Nashville's first ever NHL player announced his retirement over Twitter Monday. Blake Geoffrion (@BlakeGeoffrion) tweeted out, "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."

His injury came while playing in the American League with the Montreal Canadiens' minor league affiliate in Hamilton. The Brentwood, Tennessee native was hit hard by Syracuse skater Jean-Philippe Cote, causing Geoffrion to suffer a serious skull injury that kept him out the remainder of the season. 

"I would like to thank Geoff Molson, Marc Bergevin, the entire Montreal Canadiens organization as well as the Hamilton Bulldogs organization for everything they've done for me," Geoffrion continued. "They have been unwavering in their support, professionalism and kindness. I cannot thank them enough.

"Big thanks to all the hockey fans as well."

As the grandson of hockey legend and hall of famer "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion, it is great that Blake is hanging up the jersey as a Hab. Unfortunately, the 25-year-old's career ended too quick and sudden.

Geoffrion was drafted 56th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He played forty-two games with the Predators, not including twelve playoff games, totaling thirteen points (6g, 7a).

The Nashville hockey community was in full support of Blake, whether he was playing for the Preds or Habs. Kids on the ice today hope to take a similar, but better, path in order to make their dreams come true. With a new rink being built twenty minutes southeast of downtown, it is likely he helps out with local hockey.

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