Nashville Predators' Blake Geoffrion Becomes NHL's First 4th-Generation Player
Blake Geoffrion's grandfather was the legendary Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, who starred for the Montreal Canadiens from 1950 to '64 before finishing his playing career with the New York Rangers from 1966 to '68.
Bernie scored 393 career NHL goals and earned the nickname due to an extremely heavy slap shot he first used while playing junior hockey in Laval, Quebec.
"Boom Boom" was the second player in NHL history to record 50 goals in a season after another legendary Montreal Canadien, Maurice "Rocket" Richard. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.
He would later become head coach of the New York Rangers, Atlanta Flames and Les Canadiens after his playing days.
Blake's grandmother was the daughter of one of the NHL's best all-time players, Howie Morenz, who is also a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Blake's father, Danny Geoffrion, played for the Montreal Canadiens in 1979-80 before suiting up for Winnipeg in 1980-81. He also played briefly in the World Hockey Association with the Quebec Nordiques.
Blake Geoffrion made his NHL debut yesterday as a member of the Nashville Predators in a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.
Geoffrion was taken in the 2006 NHL entry draft at 56th overall. After playing college hockey in Wisconsin, Blake turned pro with the Predators and began this season in Milwaukee (AHL).
The former Hobey Baker Award winner was recalled by the Predators on February 22.
The native of nearby Brentwood, Tennessee, Blake not only becomes the first fourth-generation NHL player, but the first homegrown prospect from Tennessee to play in the NHL. Playing with the Predators makes the whole thing that much sweeter.
You can see Blake's interview from NHL.com here.
Congratulations Blake, all the best in your future career!
With articles featured on NHL.com and CBSsports.com. Mike MacDonald is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report covering the Nashville Predators and the NHL.
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