Hamilton Bulldogs forward Blake Geoffrion is undergoing surgery at a Montreal hospital Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET after he was bodychecked and struck his head on the Bell Centre ice during a game against the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch.
Geoffrion was checked by Syracuse defenceman J.P. Côté as he skated into the Syracuse end of the rink midway through the first period. Geoffrion struck his head on the ice and lost some blood, but left the ice under his own steam.
He was rushed to a Montreal hospital. His parents were with him.
Hamilton coach Sylvain Lefebvre said the injury was not life-threatening.
“We’re going to update you guys as soon as we know more,” Lefebvre told reporters. “But as far as Blake is concerned right now he is under good care.”
The Bulldogs lost 4-1 to the Crunch. Forward Steve Quailer scored the Bulldogs’ lone goal, his first of the season. The game drew a record crowd for a Bulldogs’ game at the Bell Centre — 18, 582.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin spoke to reporters before tonight’s game. You can watch an extended video of the scrum below. It begins with Bergevin answering a question by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey about whether there is a possibility that if the salary cap goes down that the team wouldn’t be able to sign defenceman P.K. Subban. Bergevin answered that and a host of other questions.