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Canadiens Blake Geoffrian retires at age 25

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11:36 AM ET 07.16 | Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion decided to call it quits after a short career in the NHL. He was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft by Nashville, and only has eight goals, and five assists in just 55 career games. A few months ago, his retirement seemed like a possibility,and now it has become a reality. He was contemplating walking away because of a lingering skull fracture and concussion he suffered on Nov. 9, 2012 when he was hit by Syracuse defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote.

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July 16, 2013  03:14 PM ET

Very smart move, young man. All the best.

July 16, 2013  03:21 PM ET

He was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft, and only has eight goals, and five assists in just 55 career games.




That's 8 more goals than a lot of other people...

July 16, 2013  03:42 PM ET

given the growing knowledge of what head injures causes in the long term, this is bar none the best decision he could make for himself! Sad a player has to retire cause of injuries, but good on him for not being naive and thinking it wouldn't catch up to him sooner or later if he kept playing.

July 16, 2013  03:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft, and only has eight goals, and five assists in just 55 career games. That's 8 more goals than a lot of other people...

it took Gomez the last 3 seasons, 157 games, to get that many and yet he was paid MILLIONS to do it...

a gross unfairness to this kid...

July 16, 2013  03:52 PM ET

Saw this last night and was bummed. He was a talented kid that I thought would have a good NHL career, and given his family's legacy in the league it's sad he doesn't get a chance to prolong the legacy.

July 16, 2013  03:56 PM ET

How many more players need to suffer and retire early due to head injuries before the league makes the appropriate equipment and rule changes? It's a shame.

July 16, 2013  03:56 PM ET

Oh wait I guess this happened during the lockout. Still though.

July 16, 2013  04:12 PM ET

Saw this one coming. Boom Boom on Blake , and out he goes. Smart call.

July 16, 2013  04:18 PM ET

It's always a sad day when an athlete is forced to jettison the game he's dedicated his life to early because of a serious in-game injury. This particular one stings a little bit extra to Wisconin Badgers hockey fans.

Blake was a leader of the 2009-2010 Badgers team that lost to Boston College in the national championship game. Personally, I held hope that one day the pain felt by the players of that excellent Badgers team who came up just short of the National Championship would be trumped by the elation of hoisting Lord Stanley's cup over their heads. Sadly, Blake will not have that opportunity.

July 16, 2013  04:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Very smart move, young man. All the best.

Agreed. But ... still ... so sad he has to give it up so soon.

July 16, 2013  04:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft, and only has eight goals, and five assists in just 55 career games. That's 8 more goals than a lot of other people...

One can't always judge the value of a player by the number of goals he scores.

July 16, 2013  04:30 PM ET

" He was contemplating walking away because of a lingering skull fracture and concussion he suffered on Nov. 9, 2012..."

Damned Matt Cooke!

July 16, 2013  04:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

" He was contemplating walking away because of a lingering skull fracture and concussion he suffered on Nov. 9, 2012..."Damned Matt Cooke!

He was contemplating walking away because of a lingering skull fracture and concussion he suffered on Nov. 9, 2012..."Damn those Syracuse boys" Fixed.

July 16, 2013  05:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

He was contemplating walking away because of a lingering skull fracture and concussion he suffered on Nov. 9, 2012..."Damn those Syracuse boys" Fixed.

I bet Cooke was around somewhere ;-)

July 16, 2013  05:07 PM ET

I bet Cooke was around somewhere ;-)

July 16, 2013  05:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

One can't always judge the value of a player by the number of goals he scores.

Just pointing out that he actually got to play in the league...

July 16, 2013  05:38 PM ET

Blue Jackets have hired him as a scout...

July 16, 2013  06:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I bet Cooke was around somewhere ;-)

I hear Matt tripped the kid as he was walking to the locker room! But, seriously I wish him the very best for a long, healthy and successful life.

July 16, 2013  07:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I bet Cooke was around somewhere ;-)

So you don't like Cooke I'm thinking.

 
July 16, 2013  08:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

He was contemplating walking away because of a lingering skull fracture and concussion he suffered on Nov. 9, 2012..."Damn those Syracuse boys" Fixed.

It's always Matt Cooke's fault! Where is your sense of humor?

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