One day after announcing his retirement because of an injury, former Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion has a new job in the NHL, as a pro scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets announced the hiring Tuesday.
Geoffrion, 25, sustained a depressed skull fracture Nov. 9, 2012, while playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs, Montreal's American Hockey League affiliate, in a game at Bell Centre against the Syracuse Crunch. He had 13 points in 55 NHL games with the Predators and Canadiens from 2010-12. He also had two points in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Predators in 2011.
Geoffrion, a second-round pick (No. 56) by Nashville in the 2006 NHL Draft, played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin and twice played for the United States in the World Junior Championship. He won the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top player in 2010.
He is the son of former NHL player Danny Geoffrion, the grandson of Hall of Famer Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion and the great-grandson of hockey legend Howie Morenz -- making him the first fourth-generation player in League history.
While Geoffrion is disappointed to see his playing career end, he's excited about the next phase of his hockey life.
“Anytime you do something for 25 years of your life and someone snatches that away from you, it’s a really difficult thing to cope with,” Geoffrion told the Blue Jackets' website. “I’m just about fully recovered, and since I’ve gotten back into things and talked with doctors about what I could do and couldn’t do with the recovery and risks, I decided that it just wasn’t worth the risk anymore.
“It’s bittersweet, but at the same time, [general manager] Jarmo [Kekalainen] and his whole staff have given me an opportunity to stay close to the game and do what I love, and be close to what I know best. I’m really excited to get started with this.”
Geoffrion said one of the most appealing things about Columbus was the chance to be part of an organization with a bright future, he said. Like any hockey fan, he has followed the offseason closely and is excited about the pieces coming together.
“I got a phone call from Jarmo and he wanted to know if I was interested in becoming involved with scouting,” Geoffrion said. “I hadn’t really thought about it and hadn’t been offered that title before. I thought about it and decided it was something I wanted to do.
“I think the Columbus Blue Jackets have a really bright future with some of the moves they’ve made – especially up top [in management] – and with the players they signed on July 5. This is a great opportunity for me to come in and grow with a good organization, and I’m excited for it.”
In addition, the Blue Jackets announced that Bob Halkidis is joining Geoffrion in the club's professional scouting department, while Marshall Davidson has been named an amateur scout.