Geoffrion: I'm not here to announce my retirement
The last time Blake Geoffrion took to the ice at the Bell Centre, it was as a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs in an AHL game against the Syracuse Crunch November 9th of last year. In that game, Geoffrion suffered a fractured skull after being on the receiving end of a hip-check thrown by Jean-Phillipe Cote of the Crunch.
Geoffrion was back at the Bell Centre tonight, to give reporters an update on his condition, before settling into the press box to watch the game between the Canadiens and the Bruins.
"Some of you guys were wondering if I was announcing my retirement today. I'll make it nice and clear: I am not. I'm getting better every day and will hopefully be back soon."
Geoffrion said he has not discussed his playing future with doctors, in any way.
"I know in my heart I'll come back from this, said Geoffrion. "I'll do whatever I have to do to come back to play the game. I miss the game dearly.
Geoffrion said things will remain pretty low key for him until the symptoms go away, but didn't want to get into any specifics. "I'll meet with the doctors tomorrow to see if I can continue to do more, and go from there."
Geoffrion acknowledged being at the Bell Cenre again was a bitter-sweet moment for him. "I was just down there in the locker room before the game ... seeing some of the guys. I miss the game of hockey. I can't wait to get back."