Hockey player Blake Geoffrion has gotten religion after sustaining a brain injury: The 25-year-old announced his retirement Monday, according to USA Today.
A former Predators forward, Geoffrion told the newspaper that the risks, and dangers, of suffering another brain injury are too great to continue doing the sport.
Last November Geoffrion was playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs, an American Hockey League team, when he took a hit from Syracuse Crunch player Jean-Philippe Cote, USA Today reported. The result was horrendous: Cote’s skate hit Geoffrion’s head a few includes above the ear.
Geoffrion sustained a depressed skull fracture and had to undergo emergency surgery, USA Today reported.
The young player talked to doctors and a psychologist before making his decision to quit hockey, a sport that’s in his blood. His father, Danny Geoffrion, is a former National Hockey League player. And his grandfather and great grandfather are in the Hockey Hall of Fame, according to USA Today.
Geoffrion went to the University of Wisconsin, where he won the Hobey Baker Award, which is given to college hockey’s best player. He was chosen by the Predators in the 2006 NHL draft, and played several seasons for them.
During the 2011-2012 season he was sent to the AHL team in Milwaukee, and in February 2012 the Predators traded him to the Canadiens.