Blake Geoffrion was named Assistant GM of the Cleveland Monsters in July, 2016. Entering his second season in the position, Geoffrion’s primary duties include assisting with contract negotiations, scouting and player evaluation, and salary cap management while also helping with team budgeting.
A former NHL player with the Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens, Geoffrion retired from professional hockey in 2013 after suffering a career-ending injury.
While his playing days ended prematurely, Geoffrion made an impact on the American, College and NHL scene. Raised in Brentwood, TN, Geoffrion became a member of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in 2004 after attending Culver Military Academy. Drafted by the Predators with their 2nd Round pick (56th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Geoffrion became the first “Tennessee raised” player to be selected in NHL Draft history, later becoming the first Tennessean and 2nd player from the American South region as a whole, to play in the NHL.
After winning the gold medal with the NTDP at the World Under-18 Championships in 2006, Geoffrion attended the University of Wisconsin, where, as a four year member of the Badger Hockey team, he became one the greatest players in program history. During his freshman year Geoffrion won a Bronze Medal playing for team USA at the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. During his sophmore year Geoffrion returned to Team USA at the 2008 World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic where he was voted a captain of the team.
Junior year he was voted captain by his teammates. But, it was in his Senior Season, 2009-2010, while also serving as Team Captain of the Badgers, he was named a first team All Star (WCHA) and All-American (NCAA) while leading the Badgers to the National Championship game against Boston College. Geoffrion was also named winner of the 2010 Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA hockey, becoming the first player in Wisconsin history to take home the prestigious honor.
Upon graduating from Wisconsin with a degree in Business and Consumer Science, Geoffrion signed an entry level contract with the Predators on June 15, 2010. He made his NHL debut with Nashville on February 26, 2011 against the Dallas Stars and scored his first NHL goal in his third NHL game on March 1, 2011. He later registered a hat trick on March 20 against the Buffalo Sabres.
On February 17, 2012 Geoffrion was, perhaps fatefully, traded to the Montreal Canadiens where, following in the footsteps of his Great Grandfather Howie Morenz, and Grandfather Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion, he made his Canadiens debut on February 28, 2012. The first fourth generation NHLer, Geoffrion was also preceded in NHL play by his father Danny.