Blake Geoffrion retires at age 25

Jean-Yves Ahern-US PRESSWIRE

Eight months after suffering a skull fracture, Blake Geoffrion has announced his retirement.

Blake Geoffrion has retired at the age of 25 after suffering a skull fracture last November. He has rehabbed ever since suffering the injury and subsequent surgery with the hope that he could return to the ice, but he has decided that he will not play again.

"After suffering an injury in November and taking time to recover and reflect, I have decided to step away from the game of hockey for the time being," Geoffrion said in a statement. "I would like to thank Geoff Molson, Marc Bergevin, the entire Montreal Canadiens organization as well as the Hamilton Bulldogs organization for everything they have done for me. They have been unwavering in their support, professionalism and kindness. I cannot thank them enough."

Geoffrion suffered the injury after sustaining a check in a American Hockey League game on November 9, 2012. His head hit the ice on the hit and while he left under his own power, the forward had suffered a depressed skull fracture that required surgery to repair.

After undergoing surgery, Geoffrion was optimistic that he could return to the ice, but the recovery did not go as he had hoped. It was reported that the Montreal Canadiens' prospect had retired in March, but that report proved to be premature.

Geoffrion was selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators. He has short stints with the Predators in 2010-11 and 2011-12, playing a total of 44 games before being traded to Montreal, where his grandfather Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion and father Dan Geoffrion played. His great-grandfather Howie Morenz also played in the NHL, making Blake the league's first fourth generation player.

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