Bamm-Bamm takes after Boom-Boom

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

His grandfather was known as "Boom-Boom" for his slap shot. He's "Bamm-Bamm" for an entirely different reason.

Team USA forward Blake Geoffrion is the grandson of former NHL great Bernie Geoffrion.

The 19-year-old got his nickname not from his hockey skills, but for his ability to mimic Barney Rubble's baby son, Bamm-Bamm, from The Flintstones TV show.

"It was at a rookie party, and I had to dress up as a character," Geoffrion was saying yesterday.

Hmmm, if we remember it right, Bamm-Bamm didn't wear much more than a skimpy leopard-print number.

Any photos kicking around, Blake?

"I say no all the time," Geoffrion said, grinning. "But I actually do."

A University of Wisconsin sophomore, Geoffrion will be wearing No. 5 today, as the States tries to lower the boom on Canada, three-time defending gold-medalist. He's one of six U.S. players in the rerun of last year's semifinal.

"The experience was great," he said.

"It's good to have guys who've been through the experience before, played in a rivalry like this."

MUZZLED: The Americans would only allow three players to talk to the media yesterday, and one of them wasn't the tournament's leading goal scorer, Colin Wilson.

But we know from a previous interview how Wilson, a dual citizen who grew up in Winnipeg, feels about this matchup.

"Canada would be a nice team to play, I'm not going to lie," he said. "Everybody would be watching back home."

AROUND THE WJHC: Today's early semifinal between the Russians and Swedes features the highest scoring teams in the tourney -- both have 22 goals ... Sweden has the best power play, at 30% efficiency... Canada's John Tavares is the top faceoff man, winning an astounding 80% of his draws ... Denmark and Switzerland finished at the bottom of the relegation round, meaning they'll wait at least a year to play this event again.


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