Saturday, March 11, 2006

Remembering Boom Boom

Legendary Montreal Canadiens sniper Bernie (Boom-Boom) Geoffrion died Saturday morning, the day he was to be honoured by the club. The Canadiens announced that Geoffrion, 75, died in an Atlanta hospital following a brief battle with stomach cancer.
By all accounts, he was a great man. If you get a chance, watch tonight's jersey-retirement ceremony before the Canadiens' game with the New York Rangers.

UPDATE It doesn't appear that Hockey Night in Canada will show much of the proceedings, but I've got it on. Many hockey fans may not know this, but Geoffrion won one Hart Trophy (1960-61) and led the NHL in scoring twice (1954-55, 1960-61). He also won six Stanley Cups and entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

Geoffrion was also a coach in the 1970s with both the Atlanta Flames and then, briefly, with the Canadiens in 1979-80.

It's really too bad the Habs didn't retire his jersey sooner than 38 years after he played his final game.

5 Comments:

At 4:33 PM, March 11, 2006, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

I'll try to watch it on Hockey Night in Canada tonight...provided HNIC can tear themselves away from all things Leafs to acknowledge another Canadian team!

 
At 7:07 PM, March 11, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

It's on the Rangers' broadcast on Centre ice, at least, which is where I think I'll be tuned in.

 
At 12:48 PM, March 12, 2006, Blogger Grampapinhead said...

"It's really too bad the Habs didn't retire his jersey sooner than 38 years after he played his final game."

How about "A Disgrace"

You are being way to kind to a very narcissistic management team.

 
At 1:51 PM, March 12, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Gramps, there are only 25 retired numbers in the history of the NHL and eight of those are Montreal Canadiens. I don't think they can be faulted for being 'narcissistic'; it just ended up being terrible, terrible timing.

 
At 10:26 AM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was disgusting that HNIC chose not to show the ceremony in Montreal. I was forced to watch the French broadcast, while my wife translated. It was a VERY moving ceremony. But once again, HNIC missed the boat by showing a meaningless Leafs game.

 

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