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Blue Jackets announce three additions to scouting staff

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced three additions to the club’s scouting staff today. Blake Geoffrion and Bob Halkidis have joined the club’s professional scouting department while Marshall Davidson has been named an amateur scout.

Geoffrion, 25, announced his retirement as a player earlier this week. Nashville’s first pick, 56th overall, at the 2006 NHL Draft, Geoffrion scored eight goals and dished out five assists for 13 career points in 55 combined games with the Predators and Canadiens from 2010-12. He also appeared in 84 career American Hockey League games with Milwaukee and Hamilton, tallying 21-43-64.

Prior to turning pro, Geoffrion spent four seasons (2006-10) at the University of Wisconsin. He recorded 55-59-114 in 147 career NCAA games and won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top collegiate player in the nation in 2009-10 after registering 28-22-50 in 40 games for the Badgers. A native of Plantation, Florida, Geoffrion won a bronze medal with Team U.S.A. at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships and helped the Americans capture gold at the 2006 IIHF World U18 Championships.

Halkidis, 47, recorded 8-32-40 and 825 penalty minutes in 256 career NHL games with Buffalo, Los Angeles, Toronto, Detroit, Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders from 1985 to 1996. He also skated in several minor professional leagues throughout North America and Europe, retiring as a player in 2001.

Prior to joining the Blue Jackets, Davidson was a member of the St. Louis Blues’ amateur scouting department for five years. He primarily scouted the Western Hockey League during his tenure with the Blues and will serve in a similar capacity with Columbus.

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