Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – Montreal Canadiens prospect Blake Geoffrion underwent surgery for a depressed skull fracture after a hard check Friday during an American Hockey League game.
In a statement, the team said Geoffrion, grandson of Canadiens legend Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion, is in stable condition but remained in the intensive care unit. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Geoffrion, playing for Hamilton (Ontario) Bulldogs, suffered the injury after he was hip checked by Syracuse Church defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote, whose skate appeared to have hit the forward in the head as he dropped to the ice.
“All my thoughts are going towards Blake Geoffrion,” Cote tweeted on Saturday morning. “I really wish him a quick recovery.”
The bleeding Geoffrion skated off to the dressing room while teammate Mike Blunden fought Cote after the hit.
“To be honest, I didn’t even really see the hit,” Blunden told the Canadian Press after the game. “I was yelling, ‘Heads up, Boomer!’ and then when I saw he got smoked I just went after the guy.”
“We’re a team and we stick together and Boomer’s been a big part of our team. It’s unfortunate what happened and hopefully he gets well soon,” Blunden added.
The 24-year-old Geoffrion played for the U.S. National Team Development Program and the University of Wisconsin.
He was drafted by the Nashville Predators in 2006 and signed with them after winning the Hobey Baker Award in 2010 but was traded to the Canadiens in February as part of the Hal Gill deal.