When Danny Geoffrion was growing up in Canada, playing junior hockey, he heard the comparisons, the whispers.
"'He's good, but he'll never be like his father,'" he said.
Such is the blessing and the curse of being born into one of hockey's most famous families. His father Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion is in the Hockey Hall of Fame, as is his grandfather, Howie Morenz. Both played for the NHL's most decorated franchise, the Montreal Canadiens.
Danny Geoffrion played 32 games for the Canadiens more than 30 years ago. He said the pressure of the market is "unexplainable," but sees it as a positive, motivating force.
Last Friday, his son Blake was traded to Montreal in a deal that sent defenseman Hal Gill to the Predators and so Blake will soon learn first-hand what it is like to play in the crucible that is Montreal while doing so with the burden -- or blessing -- of a famous surname.
Blake Geoffrion reported to the Canadiens' American Hockey League affiliate in Hamilton and is alr...