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Geoffrion Wins Hobey Baker Award

Friday, 04.9.2010 / 6:28 PM CT / Features
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Geoffrion Wins Hobey Baker Award
-Becomes the first Predators draft pick to win the award-

Nashville, Tenn. (April 9, 2010) – Nashville Predators prospect and University of Wisconsin forward Blake Geoffrion is the recipient of the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given each year to college hockey’s top player, it was announced Friday evening at Ford Field in Detroit. Criteria for the award include strength of character on and off the ice, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

Geoffrion was also named Inside College Hockey's Player of the Year and earned a spot on the website's All-America First Team. INCH noted of Geoffrion, "What doesn't Geoffrion do? An incredible combination of skill and size, the Badgers' leading goal scorer ranks second in the nation in that category, wins more than 60 percent of his faceoffs, and serves as a shut-down forward for one of the country's most efficient penalty-killing units."

Geoffrion, a tri-captain of this season’s Badger squad, enters tomorrow night’s National Championship Game against Boston College as the NCAA leader in power-play goals (15), in addition to ranking second in the nation in goals (28). He also finished second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in points (50), and is among the nation’s leaders in shooting percentage (23 percent). Two weeks ago, the WCHA First Team All-Star was named Most Valuable Player of the NCAA West Region after posting five points (2g-3a) in UW wins over Vermont and St. Cloud State to reach the Frozen Four, and he notched a goal and an assist in Thursday’s national semifinal victory over RIT.

Nashville’s first choice, 56th overall (second round), in the 2006 Entry Draft, Geoffrion is a complete player. In addition to taking a regular shift for the Badgers, he receives time on both the penalty kill and power play while taking nearly all the team’s face-offs in crucial situations.

The 6-2, 188-pound center is a Consumer Science Major and spends time off the ice visiting UW Children’s Hospital, where he has been a mentor to cancer patients. He’s also a Peer Leader lending assistance to UW students.

The Brentwood, Tenn., native is the first Nashville Youth Hockey League product to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft, and is attempting to be the first-ever fourth generation NHLer. His grandfather, Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion and great grandfather, Howie Morenz, are both Hockey Hall-of-Famers who won a combined nine Stanley Cups as members of the Montreal Canadiens. His father, Danny, was drafted eighth overall by the Canadiens in the 1978 Draft, and played for both Montreal and Winnipeg during his career.

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