Former Hobey Baker Award winner Geoffrion retires from pro hockey with head injury

Former Wisconsin Badgers star Blake Geoffrion is seen here posing with the Hobey Baker Award trophy. - Elsa

Blake Geoffrion announced today his professional hockey career is over following a vicious head injury suffered back in November during a Hamilton Bulldogs AHL game.

Former Wisconsin Badgers star and 2010 Hobey Baker Award winner Blake Geoffrion has retired from the game of hockey due to a head injury. The Montreal Canadiens prospect was playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs, the organization's AHL affiliate, this past November when an opposing player crushed him with a hip check.

Geoffrion was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators, but ended up in the Canadiens system. He played in a total of 55 NHL games between the Predators and the Canadiens. He spent the rest of his time with the Milwaukee Admirals and the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The former Badgers forward is the grandson of Canadiens legend Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion. His two brothers, Sebastian and Brice, played for Alabama-Huntsville. Blake Geoffrion tweeted his announcement earlier today while thanking his family, friends, fans and the organization for their support.

Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.

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