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Blake Geoffrion
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Position Center
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
188 lb (85 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
Nashville Predators
Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
Born February 3 1988 (1988-02-03) (age 28),
Plantation, FL, USA
NHL Draft 56th overall, 2006
Nashville Predators
Pro Career 2010 – present


Blake Geoffrion (born February 3, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a second round selection of the Predators, 56th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Geoffrion began his professional career in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Milwaukee Admirals during the 2010 playoffs, and made his NHL debut on February 26, 2011. In doing so, he became the first fourth-generation player in the league's history, after his father Dan, grandfather Bernie and great-grandfather Howie Morenz.

A graduate of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, Geoffrion represented Team USA three times. He was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2006 IIHF World U18 Championship and won bronze at the 2007 World Junior Hockey Championship. He moved on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he enjoyed a standout college career. He was a conference all-star in his senior year of 2009–10, was also named the consensus All-American and Player of the Year and won the Hobey Baker Award as the top college player in the United States.

Playing careerEdit

CollegeEdit

Geoffrion was born in Plantation, Florida, but grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee.[1] He first attended the Culver Military Academy where he helped his team win the Indiana state championship in 2003.[2] He was invited to join the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (USNTDP) where he spent two seasons between 2004 and 2006. He made his international debut with Team USA at the 2006 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. He scored five points in six games in the tournament for the gold medal winning Americans.[3] From the USNTDP, Geoffrion was recruited to play with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers.

Geoffrion joined the Badgers in 2006–07 where he led the team in penalties with 62 minutes.[2] He again played for Team USA, this time at the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships where he appeared in all seven of his team's games, registering one assist as the Americans won a bronze medal.[4] In his sophomore season, Geoffrion improved to 30 points overall, and tied for the team lead with 19 points in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play. His teammates named him the most competitive player on the Badgers.[2] He returned to the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2008, scoring one point in six games while the Americans failed to win a medal.[5]

Named co-captain of the Badgers in his sophomore season of 2008–09, Geoffrion led his team in goals within the WCHA with 12, and tied for the lead overall at 15. His overall total of 28 points was fourth best on the team.[2] Serving as a tri-captain, he led the WCHA in goal scoring in 2009-10 with 19, and was second in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) with 28. He reached the 50-goal plateau for his college career on March 13, and 100 points on February 19.[2] Considered one of the NCAA's most complete players, Geoffrion was his team's top faceoff performer and was praised for the way his play improved as his team's games grew in importance.[6]

He was named a first-team all-star in both the WCHA and the NCAA-West.[7] Additionally, Geoffrion was named US College Hockey Online's national player of the year,[8] Soon after the Badgers reached the 2010 NCAA championship game, Geoffrion was named the winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in American college hockey.[9] In doing so, he became the first Wisconsin player to win the award.[10] Geoffrion and the Badgers were unable to cap off their season with a championship, however, losing 5–0 to the Boston College Eagles before a world indoor record crowd of 37,592 at Ford Field in Detroit.[11]

ProfessionalEdit

Following his sophomore season with the Badgers, the Nashville Predators made Geoffrion their second round selection, 56th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He chose to complete his college career before turning to the professional game, and signed an amateur try-out contract with the Predators American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals to conclude the 2009–10.[12] He appeared in three playoff games with the Admirals, and scored two goals.[7]

The Predators signed Geoffrion to a 2-year entry-level contract on June 15, 2010, making him the first native of Tennessee to sign an NHL deal.[13][14] He was assigned back to Milwaukee to begin the 2010–11 AHL season where he struggled to begin the season before injuries and the promotion of other players to Nashville opened up more ice time for him. After scoring 16 points in his first 31 games of the season, Geoffrion improved to 17 points in seven games at the end of January and beginning of February. His scoring outburst made him the first player to earn consecutive AHL player of the week since Jim Carey in 1994.[15]

As a result of his improved play Geoffrion was recalled to Nashville on February 25, 2011. After Jared Ross, he became the second player raised in the American South to participate in an NHL game.[16] One night later, he made his National Hockey League debut against the Dallas Stars.[17] He scored his first NHL goal, in his third game, against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Martin Gerber on March 1.He registered his first hat trick on March 20, 2011, against the Buffalo Sabres.

Family and personal lifeEdit

Upon making his debut with the Predators, Geoffrion became the NHL's first fourth generation player.[18] His great-grandfather (paternal grandmother's father) was Hockey Hall of Famer Howie Morenz, and the man named the best hockey player of the first half of the 20th century by the Canadian Press.[17] His paternal grandfather, Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion, is also a Hall of Famer and the man who invented the slap shot. (Hence the nickname "Boom-Boom".)[19] His father, Dan, played three NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets.[17] Geoffrion's uncle by marriage, Hartland Monahan, was also an NHL player, while Hartland's son Shane is a Major League Baseball player.[20]

Geoffrion was close to his grandfather, and was the last person "Boom Boom" spoke to before his death in 2006. Geoffrion wears #5 in his honor, while his teammates have nicknamed him "Boomer", after his grandfather.[14] He has three brothers: Nick, Sebastien and Brice.[2]

He majored in consumer affairs at Wisconsin,[2] and is associated with a marketing firm in Madison. He continues to learn about marketing and public relations, and writes a weekly blog for Nashville newspaper The Tennessean.[21]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 U.S. National Development Team USDP 48 9 18 27 86 10 2 5 7 23
2005–06 U.S. National Development Team USDP 54 18 23 41 68
2006–07 University of Wisconsin WCHA 36 2 4 6 62
2007–08 University of Wisconsin WCHA 36 10 20 30 52
2008–09 University of Wisconsin WCHA 35 15 13 28 73
2009–10 University of Wisconsin WCHA 40 28 22 50 56
2009–10 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 3 2 0 2 0
2010–11 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 45 11 26 37 38 1 0 2 2 2
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 20 6 2 8 7 12 0 2 2 4
NHL totals 20 6 2 8 7 12 0 2 2 4

InternationalEdit

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2006 United States WJC18 6 1 4 5 8
2007 United States WJC 7 0 1 1 6
2008 United States WJC 6 0 1 1 8
Junior int'l totals 19 1 6 7 22

Awards and honorsEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States of America
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2007 Mora
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold 2006 Halmstad
  • 2009–10: First-team All-WCHA honors
  • 2009–10: Consensus first-team All-American honors
  • 2009–10: Consensus player of the year honors
  • 2009–10: Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player)
  • 2010: Nominated for ESPY Award for Best Male College Athlete

ReferencesEdit

  1. Chat live with Wisconsin forward Blake Geoffrion. CSTV (2008-01-22). Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Blake Geoffrion player profile. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  3. Player statistics by team: USA (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation (2006-08-25). Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  4. Player statistics by team – USA. International Ice Hockey Federation (2007-01-05). Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  5. Player statistics by team – USA (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation (2008-01-05). Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  6. UW's Geoffrion named a Hobey Baker finalist. WKOW (2010-03-31). Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Blake Geoffrion profile. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  8. USCHO Awards: In Mr. Everything Role, Geoffrion is Nation’s Best. US College Hockey Online (2010-04-15). Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  9. Wisconsin's Blake Geoffrion wins Hobey Baker Award. The Sports Network (2010-04-09). Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  10. Lerch, Chris (2010-04-09). Geoffrion First Wisconsin Player to Win Hobey Baker Award. US College Hockey Online. Retrieved on 2010-04-10.
  11. Gerstner, Joanne (2010-04-10). B.C. wins 4th N.C.A.A. title, crushing Wisconsin before record crowd. New York Times. Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  12. Milwaukee Admirals (2010-04-16). Admirals sign Blake Geoffrion; Will join team for playoff run. Nashville Predators Hockey Club. Retrieved on 2010-04-16.
  13. "Preds Sign Brentwood Native Blake Geoffrion", Nashville Predators Hockey Club, 2010-06-15. Retrieved on 2011-03-01. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Van Diest, Derek. "Predators' Geoffrion excited by opportunity", Toronto Sun, 2011-03-01. Retrieved on 2011-03-01. 
  15. Kramer, Lindsay (2011-02-11). Geoffrion starting to get a good read on AHL. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  16. Cooper, Josh. "Predators call up Brentwood's Blake Geoffrion", The Tennessean, 2011-02-25. Retrieved on 2011-03-01. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Meltzer, Bill (2011-02-26). Predators' Geoffrion Carries on the Name. Versus. Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
  18. Preds Call Up Blake Geoffrion and Matt Halischuk From Milwaukee. Nashville Predators (2011-02-25). Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
  19. Duplacey, James (2010). Official Guide to the Players of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Firefly Books, 187. ISBN 1-55407-662-5. 
  20. Matheson, Jim. "Predators’ Geoffrion a fourth-generation NHL player", Edmonton Journal, 2011-03-01. Retrieved on 2011-03-01. 
  21. Mertz, Adam (2011-02-17). Ex-Badger Geoffrion continues to brew up 'storybook career'. The Capital Times. Retrieved on 2011-03-01.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Gilroy
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
2009–10
Succeeded by
Andy Miele


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