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.