Montreal Canadiens minor-leaguer Blake Geoffrion is considering retirement a few months after undergoing emergency brain surgery for a skull fracture suffered in an AHL game.
Geoffrion has not played since the a piece of his skull was replaced with titanium in November after a hit by Jean-Philipppe Cote of Syracuse on Nov. 9.
An ESPN report on Twitter earlier Wednesday said Geoffrion, 25, had retired. Not true, said his father, Danny, a former NHL player. He said his son called the Canadiens' organization to let the team know he would make a decision on his future in the next few weeks.
"It's being blown up all over the place, but all Blake did was call (general manager) Marc Bergevin and put him on notice that there is a possibility he might have to retire due to the injury he suffered to his head, the trauma to the brain," Danny Geoffrion said, according to USA Today. "So he hasn't retired. I'm not saying he's not going to (retire). He just put the Canadiens on notice that it's a possibility."
Blake Geoffrion, a forward, was the 56th overall pick by Nashville in the 2006 draft. He played college hockey at Wisconsin and won the Hobey Baker Award in 2010.
"I love the game of hockey more than anything and this decision tears me up inside," he said. "But we are talking about my brain."
Not only did his father play in the NHL, but Geoffrion's grandfather is Hall of Famer Bernie "Boom Boom' Geoffrion.