Blake Geoffrion has about as much hockey credibility as any player, ever.
Not only is he just the fourth NHL player ever to come out out of the American South, he’s also the first fourth-generation player in league history — in fact, a trade last year sent him to the Canadiens, where his father, grandfather and great-grandfather all played, as well. Geoffrion also won the 2010 Hobey Baker Award, hockey’s equivalent of the Heisman.
And, now, his career may be over.
Back in November, waiting out the NHL lockout in the AHL and playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs, Geoffrian took a legal, clean check from the Syracuse Crunch’s Jean-Philippe Cote, and crashed into the boards and Cote’s skate. Although Geoffrion was able to shake off the blood-drawing hit and skate off the ice, later at the hospital things turned bad. The 25-year-old started convulsing, doctors discovered brain damage and removed pieces of his skull in an emergency surgery to treat swelling.
Four months later Geoffrion is st...