Hearing that Blake Geoffrion retired might make one say, “Hey, didn’t that happen already?”
Back in March, it was reported that he decided to hang up the skates due to a depressed skull fracture he suffered on this play in Nov. 2012. But Geoffrion was merely considering retirement; he was also considering a comeback as he began light workouts.
His main concern? The risk to his health in coming back.
"Mostly the risk involved, and making sure that I'm healthy enough and I'm recovered enough, and I can still play at the level that I want to play at and that kind of stuff," he said last month.
On Monday, he made it official. Via 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. I would like to thank Geoff Molson, 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 ” said Blake Geoffrion.
“A young player appreciated by everyone within our organization, Blake has shown a lot of courage since suffering a serious injury. He made the decision to end his professional hockey career and we wish him the very best in his future endeavours” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
Geoffrion, 25, is the son of former NHL player Danny Geoffrion and the grandson of the legendary Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion and the great grandson of Howie Morenz.
Read this John Buccigross opus on Geoffrion to fully understand what this family has gone through. One more nugget: “He is taking a job as a pro scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets and will be based in Chicago.”