Hamilton Bulldogs forward Blake Geoffrion is considering retiring from hockey.
The Montreal Canadiens released a statement Wednesday updating Geoffrion’s status with the club.
“The Montreal Canadiens announced that forward Blake Geoffrion notified general manager Marc Bergevin Wednesday that in light of his health condition, which has shown no significant improvement since he underwent surgery last November 10, he felt it was his responsibility to inform the Canadiens’ management that he was considering retiring from professional hockey.”
Geoffrion, 25, suffered a depressed skull fracture during an American Hockey League game in November after taking a hit from Syracuse Crunch defenceman Jean-Philippe Côté.
After the hit, he underwent emergency surgery for a depressed skull fracture and was expected to make a full recovery.
“We’re lucky that he’s alive,” Blake Geoffrion’s father, Danny, told Josh Cooper of the Tennessean after the hit.
“They removed the piece of his skull that was about the size of a silver dollar,” Danny said. “They had to replace that with titanium and metal mesh. And that’s what the plate consists of, with the screws and all that, so he now has that in his head. It was unreal.
The Predators selected Geoffrion in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. They traded him to Montreal in February of 2012.
The 2010 Hobey Baker award winner is the grandson of Canadiens legend Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion.
Sorry to hear that @blakegeoffrion is retiring from pro hockey at age 25. He’s been recovering from a concussion since November.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 13, 2013