2010 - Blake Geoffrion
University of Wisconsin Badgers
Certainly the family bloodlines don’t hurt, but Blake Geoffrion established himself as one of the nation’s premiere players. The tri-captain of the Badgers was a complete player and helped Wisconsin to the national championship game. Utilized in all situations, the senior forward from Brentwood, Tenn., Geoffrion skated a regular shift, received ample special teams time on both power play and penalty killing, took key faceoffs (where he was a remarkable 59% on faceoffs) and had an amazing shooting percentage of 23%. Geoffrion was named MVP of the West Regional and overall recorded 28 goals and 22 assists in 40 games, ranking third in the nation in goal scoring and led the country with 15 power play goals. Finishing second in the WCHA scoring race and topping the conference in goals and power play goals, he was selected as a First Team all-star. And the family bloodlines? His dad Danny, granddad Bernie “Boom Boom” and his great grandpa Howie Morenz all played for the Montreal Canadiens. Boom Boom and Howie are both enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame and have nine Stanley Cups between them. A Consumer Science Major, Geoffrion spent time off the ice visiting UW Children’s Hospital, was a mentor to a cancer patient and a Peer Leader lending assistance to UW students. He was a second round draft pick of the Nashville Predators and spent time between Nashville and Milwaukee of the AHL; played for both teams again last season before being traded to the Montreal Canadiens having spent time in the NHL and with Hamilton in the AHL. Geoffrion suffered a head injury 10 games into the current season with Hamilton and has been out since.