Friday, February 25, 2011

Geoffrion called up by NHL's Nashville Predators

News has come to light this afternoon that former Wisconsin captain and 2010 Hobey Baker award winner Blake Geoffrion has been called up by the Nashville Predators. Nothing official has been released by a major media outlet but this tweet from Geoffrions buddy and former teammate Mike Davies all but confirms the news.

After a slow start with Milwaukee of the AHL, Geoffrion has really come on as of late. The former second round draft pick of the Predators, Geoffrion has recorded 25 points in his past 21 games for the Admirals. Geoffrion currently runs a line of 11 goals, and 26 assists for 37 points in 45 American Hockey League games. Geoffrions 37 points for Milwaukee trail only Linus Klasen for the team lead.

A four year player at Wisconsin, Geoffrion will no doubt be remembered as one of the most influential players in program history. Being the first Badger player to win the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial award alone should forever cement his place in program history.

As a Tennessee native, Geoffrions call up has historical implications. I believe Geoffrion is not only the first Tennessee native to suit up for the Predators but the first Tennessee native ever to make an NHL appearance.

Additionally, Geoffrion will become a fourth generation NHL'er when he plays his first shift for the Predators. Blake's father Dan Geoffrion played 111 NHL games for Winnipeg and Montreal, Blake's grandfather Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion was an NHL Hall of Famer and had over 800 points in the NHL and his great grandfather Howie Morenz won 3 Stanley Cups during his Hall of Fame career.

Geoffrion's debut will make him the 20th former Badger to play in the NHL this season.

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