Canadiens’ Blake Geoffrion celebrates his April 5, 2012 goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C.
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Hockey Inside/Out has learned that Hamilton Bulldogs centre Blake Geoffrion was moved from intensive care at the Montreal General Hospital into a regular room Sunday morning, an excellent sign that the 24-year-old is recovering nicely from the depressed skull fracture he suffered in a Bell Centre game Friday night.
Geoffrion was hit with a thunderous check by Syracuse Crunch defenceman Jean-Philippe Côté midway through the first period of the Crunch’s 4-1 AHL victory. The clean hit levelled Geoffrion, who smacked his helmeted head on the ice and suffered a laceration from the skate of Côté, who tumbled to the ice following the heavy hip-check.
Geoffrion left the ice under his own power but was transported immediately to the Montreal General Hospital, where he underwent surgery that lasted roughly two hours.
It is unclear how long Geoffrion will remain in the hospital as he recovers. The only communiqué from the parent Canadiens has come on Saturday early afternoon, when it announced that Geoffrion had suffered the depressed skull fracture, had undergone successful surgery and that doctors expect him to make a complete recovery.
Canadiens head team physician and chief surgeon David Mulder, a veteran of nearly 50 years with the Canadiens family, praised the Bell Centre work of Habs head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend and of Luc LeBlanc, Rynbend’s counterpart with the Bulldogs, for their quick, efficient work on site to care for Geoffrion and get him to the Montreal General, which is world-renowned for its superb trauma care.
Mulder wasn’t at the Bell Centre game, returning home from a trip to Cleveland, but went immediately to the General and was in the operating room throughout Geoffrion’s surgery.