I want to use this opportunity to take a minute to salute Blake Geoffrion. Geoffrion today notified Montreal Canadiens management that he will be retiring from professional hockey due to ongoing complications/effects resulting from an injury sustained in a game at the Bell Centre November 9, 2012 between the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Syracuse Crunch. During that game, Geoffrion sustained a skull fracture on this play. After battling the effects of such a traumatic injury, Geoffrion has decided to quit hockey rather than risk even more serious damage to the most important organ in his body.
I cannot even imagine how hard of a decision this must have been for Geoffrion who just a month prior stated that he wasn’t considering retiring, and whose family lineage is tied so tightly to the fabric of the Montreal Canadiens’ history. I can only begin to guess at how hard it must be for a 25 year old kid, literally on the cusp of realizing his life-long dream of becoming an NHL hockey player, to decide to quit. But I commend Geoffrion for making the choice he did.
Geoffrion never really cashed in on all of his hard work. Yes he did play 55 games in the NHL, but he was never afforded a full season with an NHL salary. He wasn’t the most talented player in the rink despite winning the Hobey Baker award in 2010, and so he took the long route to the NHL. I fully believe that if it wasn’t for the lockout, Geoffrion probably would have broke camp with the Canadiens. He was Hamilton’s best forward at the time of his injury, and to say that he suffered a stroke of bad luck would be to seriously down-play the terrible nature of his injury.
I can only hope that this isn’t the end of the line in terms of a career in the sport for Blake. He never got a legitimate shot at a playing career, and if there is any justice in life – he should have the opportunity to do the next best thing – which is to make money through the game he loves. Its a tough day in his life, but I certainly hope that he is able to move on with his life, with his health, and to do what he loves to do.
Go Habs Go!!