Blake Geoffrion said the moment he stepped on the the ice at the Bell Centre this morning as a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs, he looked up at the rafters at the retired jersey numbers worn by his grand father, “Boom Boom” Geoffrion, and his great-grandfather, Howie Morenz.
Geoffrion, who’s father, Danny, played briefly with the Canadiens, said he’s proud to wear the Geoffrion name on the back of his jersey and be part of this family.
“It’s great to be here. Walking on the ice, looking up at the banners. It’s pretty special.”
The last time Blake Geoffrion was at the Bell Centre: March 11, 2006, the night the Canadiens retired Boomer’s number 5 jersey.
“That day was very emotional for me and my entire family,” said Geoffrion. “I thought back on that, as soon as I stepped onto the ice.”
Geoffrion was somewhat overwhelmed with the number of reporters who gathered at his locker stall following the morning skate ahead of tonight’s AHL game at the Bell Centre against St. John’s.
“WOW. This is a lot of people,” he said as he proceeded to peel out of his gear.
And how about the pressure that goes along with being a member of the Geoffrion family playing in the Canadiens organization?
“It’s pretty funny. I got the airport and someone recognized me and said, ‘No pressure, but you better score tomorrow night.’ I said I’ll try my best.”
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