March 01, 2011
Blake Geoffrion: 4G
Congratulations goes out to Blake Geoffrion on his first NHL goal on Tuesday night.
Geoffrion was recently called up making him the first 4th generation NHL player. Here's how the Montreal Gazette describes his impressive family tree:
Great-grandfather Howie Morenz, arguably the most exciting player of the first 50 years of the National Hockey League. Grandpa Bernie, who became Boom Boom, the second player to score 50 goals in a season, after Rocket Richard. Father Danny, a first-round draft choice of the Montreal Canadiens. And now the fourth generation, centre Blake, who learned to play the game in Nashville, of all places, and now is lucky enough to honour the late Boom Boom by wearing his legendary No. 5 on his hometown team.
The family also boasts Hartland Monahan, Boom Boom Geofrrion’s son-in-law, wo played 334 NHL games for a series of teams. Monahan’s son Shane played baseball for the Seattle Mariners.
The tree may be even stronger than all of that. Jennifer Conway tells us - brace yourself here - that the mother of Howie Morenz's wife was the sister-in-law of hockey badman Billy Coutu.