October 25, 2014

Former Badger, Geoffrion considering NHL retirement

Former Wisconsin Badger hockey standout Blake Geoffrion is considering retirement from professional hockey.

Geoffrion was dealt from Nashville to Montreal last season, spending time in the AHL with Hamilton.  In a November game, he was hit with a hip check along the neutral-zone boards and sent flying into the air.

When Geoffrion landed, he fractured his skull and sustained a concussion and he was sent to the hospital.  The Canadiens said the injuries were not life-threatening and Geoffrion is exepcted to make a full recovery, but there’s a decent chance his hockey career will be over.

ESPN’s John Buccigross reported this week that Geoffrion was indeed retiring, but Blake’s father Dan Geoffrion said his son has only told the Canadiens he’s considering the possibility of retirement.

Geoffrion had 28 goals and 22 assists in the 2009-10 season at the University of Wisconsin, earning the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA’s top player.

Geoffrion had a difficult turning his success in college into a successful pro career, scoring just 11 points in 42 games.

Following is video from CBS Sports of the hit Geoffrion took in that November game which has changed his hockey future.