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.
After suffering an injury in November and taking time to recover and reflect, I have decided to step away from the game game of hockey for— Blake Geoffrion (@BlakeGeoffrion) July 15, 2013
the time being. I would like to thank Geoff Molson, Marc Bergevin, the entire Montreal Canadiens organization as well as the Hamilton— Blake Geoffrion (@BlakeGeoffrion) July 15, 2013
Bulldogs organization for everything they have done for me. They have been unwavering in their support, professionalism and kindness.— Blake Geoffrion (@BlakeGeoffrion) July 15, 2013
I cannot thank them enough. Big thanks to all the fans of hockey as well.— Blake Geoffrion (@BlakeGeoffrion) July 15, 2013
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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