In what amounts to a watershed moment for the youth hockey community in Middle Tennessee, Blake Geoffrion was named today as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given yearly to the top player in U.S. college hockey. Geoffrion (who can be found on Twitter at @BlakeGeoffrion) grew up in suburban Brentwood, Tennessee, and played in the Nashville Youth Hockey League. He's the first NYHL alumnus drafted by an NHL team (a 2nd-round pick by the Preds in 2006).
Here's his capsule from the HobeyBaker.com website:
Blake Geoffrion - University of Wisconsin, Senior, Forward, Brentwood, Tennessee
The second-year captain has been especially strong in WCHA play. Geoffrion leads the conference in goals with 19, power play goals with 11 and is second in points with 34, all good enough to garner First Team all-star honors. He has an amazing 23% shooting percentage and is a great penalty killer. He's a Consumer Science major.
• His dad Danny, granddad Bernie "Boom Boom" and great grandpa Howie Morenz all played for Montreal Canadiens - Boomer and Howie are enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame and have 9 Stanley Cups between them
• Has 23 goals and 18 assists for 41 points in 34 games - Nashville draft pick
After the jump, a video feature on Blake from the Big Ten Network...