Canadiens centre Blake Geoffrion had surgery Friday after suffering a head injury during an American Hockey League game between the Hamilton Bulldogs and Syracuse Crunch in Montreal.
Geoffrion left the game in the first period after taking a hard check from Syracuse's J.P. Cote. After the check, Cote's skate appeared to make contact with Geoffrion's head. Geoffrion was left bleeding, but skated off the Bell Centre ice under his own power before being rushed to hospital.
Geoffrion underwent surgery to treat a depressed skull fracture. His condition is stable and he and remains at the intensive care unit, the Canadiens announced. Geoffrion's parents joined him at the hospital.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family," Bulldogs head coach Sylvain Lefebvre said Friday.
Geoffrion is the grandson of legendary Habs winger Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion. Drafted in the second round of the 2006 National Hockey League draft by the Nashville Predators, the 24-year-old was traded to the Canadiens on Feb. 17 as part of a deal that sent Hal Gill to the Music City. In 55 games with the Preds and Habs, Blake has five goals and eight assists for 13 points.
- with files from Jean-Francois Cheaumont