On Monday, Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion decided to call it quits after a short career in the NHL. He was drafted in the second round of he 2006 NHL Draft by Nashville, and only has eight goals, ans five assists in just 55 career games.
A few months ago, his retirement seemed like a possibility, well on Monday it became a reality. He was contemplating walking away because of a lingering skull fracture and concussion he suffered on November 9th of last year when he was hit by Syracuse defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote.
It’s hard to see someone leave the sport, or any sport for that mater at such a young age. It’s even more painful when it’s because of a head injury. In today’s sport, we are constantly looking at ways to prevent or minimize concussions and other forms of brain trauma, such as fines or stricter rules, or new equipment. It’s an issue that has been going on for a while now, and as we can see it is still going on today. It probably won’t be able to be 100% preventable, but the more we can do now, the more we can help the future generation of athletes, both professional and non-professional alike.