Geoffrion out of hospital as soon as today
Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion may be released from hospital in the next few hours, as he makes a dramatic recovery from Friday's fractured skull suffered while playing with the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Bell Centre.
In a CJAD exclusive interview this morning, Blake's father Danny---himself a former Hab and son of Canadiens legend "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, says he spoke with his wife and Blake late last nite to discover the good news.
Danny Geoffrion thanked the Canadiens organization and medical team for being there for his son, who scored 2 goals in 13 games with the Habs last season after being acquired in the Hal Gill trade along with a 2nd round draft pick.
"The prayers have been answered....in a lot of cases he'd still be in ICU," Geoffrion said of his son, who is determined to make a full recovery and return to the NHL.
It's hard for Danny and perhaps even for Blake to avoid playing the "what if" game...what if there was no lockout?
"It's a tough game...it's a grind. By March they all look like Casper the Ghost. People say 'Oh they should just go back out there and play.'
"They gotta stand up for themselves, also. It's a short-lived career and we have proof of that right here."
If Blake Geoffrion is not released today, that move could come as soon as tomorrow, though he'll be sticking around the Montreal area for some followup tests and observation.
Number 57 (in honour of his grandfather and great-grandfather Howie Morenz) has 4 goals and 6 points in 10 Bulldogs games this season and was hoping to be promoted back to the Canadiens with the end of the lockout.