Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, Blake Geoffrion’s late grandfather, hams it up in the Canadiens’ Forum dressing room in 1961 wearing his famous, now-retired No. 5.
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Fourth-generation Canadien Blake Geoffrion, following his great-grandfather Howie Morenz, grandfather Bernie Geoffrion and father Danny Geoffrion, will wear No. 57 when he makes his Habs debut, Hockey Inside/Out learned Monday night.
Blake Geoffrion, acquired 10 days ago in a trade with Nashville for Habs defenceman Hal Gill, was called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday. It’s unclear when he’ll make his Habs debut; if not Tuesday in Tampa Bay vs. the Lightning, then possibly Thursday at home vs. the Minnesota Wild.
Howie Morenz wore No. 7 en route to the Hall of Fame, save one season in the 1920s that he wore No. 6. Bernie Geoffrion wore No. 5 his entire Canadiens career, also bound for the Hall of Fame.
Usually, Canadiens rookies are assigned a number by the team. Those coming from other NHL teams can choose the number they were wearing, though that’s sometimes problematic with the Habs, given that Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 18, 19, 23, 29 and 33 have been retired.
Blake Geoffrion has chosen to wear 57, blending the 5 and 7 of his great-grandfather and grandfather. The number will also appear on the front and back of his helmet.
He will be the fifth Canadien to wear the number, following Chris Murray, 1994-96; Dainius Zubrus, 1998-99; Garth Murray, 2005-08; and Benoit Pouliot, 2009-11.