Born February 3, 1988 (age 24) in Plantation, Florida, USA
Center for the Montreal Canadiens
What? A Bruins fan spotlighting a Hab? Well, I thought Geoffrion’s backstory was really interesting and just had to dig deeper. He grew up in Tennessee and went to the US National Team Development Program like many American players spotlighted here before. After his two years there, he was recruited by the University of Wisconsin at Madison. At one point, he was a co-captain of the Badgers team; at another, he was a tri-captain. (I really wonder how that worked!) His play kept getting better year by year, leading to him winning the Hobey Baker in 2010. While he was doing well in Wisconsin, he was drafted by the Predators in 2006, though he did decide to finish school first. He tried out with the Milwaukee Admirals for a few games and that went well enough for Nashville to sign him in June 2010 for two years. That makes him the first Tennessee native to sign an NHL deal!
Assigned to Milwaukee for the start of 2010-11, Geoffrion made such a scoring splash that he was called back South and debuted at the end of February 2011. His first goal came in his third game and his first hat trick was about a month later. No kidding. He was traded to Montreal in February 2012 for Hal Gill and, when picking a number for Montreal, decided to honor his roots. He wears number 57, a melange of his great-grandpa Howie Morenz’s 7 and his grandpa Bernie Geoffrion’s 5. Aww. This dynasty reaches back four generations–Geoffrion is the first fourth-gen player in the entire league (Morenz, “Boom Boom” Geoffrion and his dad Dan, who played for Montreal and Winnipeg 1.0). I’m sure his family members, living or dead, are happy to see the next generation carry the torch.