Blake Geoffrion announces his retirement from the NHL

Blake Geoffrion being congratulated by his Montreal teammates. - Rich Lam, Getty Images Sport

A depressed skull fracture suffered last November is forcing former Badger Blake Geoffrion to step away from the game of hockey.

Former Wisconsin, and current Montreal Canadiens' center Blake Geoffrion is retiring from professional hockey. Geoffrion announced the news in a string of tweets Monday afternoon.

Geoffrion's career came in jeopardy November 9, 2012, when he suffered a severe hit while playing in an AHL contest for the Hamilton Bulldogs during the NHL lockout.

During the game vs. the Syracuse Crunch, Geoffrion was upended by a clean hip-check in the neutral zone that saw Geoffrion's head thrust into the ice with force. The end result was a depressed skull fracture that required immediate surgery at a local Montreal hospital.

"A young player appreciated by everyone within our organization, Blake has shown a lot of courage since suffering a serious injury," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a release Monday. "He made the decision to end his professional hockey career and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

A Brentwood, Tenn., native, Geoffrion saw his four year career at Wisconsin culminate with an appearance in the 2010 Frozen Four. Geoffrion was also named that season's Hobey Baker Award winner, which is awarded to the top player in college hockey.

A second-round draft pick of the Nashville Predators, Geoffrion was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in February, 2012 in a package that sent Hal Gill to the Predators.

The grandson of Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion and great-grandson of Howie Morenz, Geoffrion is the NHL's first four-generation player.

Geoffrion has played 55 games in the NHL in stints with Nashville and Montreal, registering eight goals and five assists.

According to John Buccigross of ESPN, Geoffrion has taken a job as a pro scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets and will be based in Chicago.

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