Geoffrion scion wins Hobey Baker Award
Winner's great-grandfather was legend Morenz
University of Wisconsin forward Blake Geoffrion, the grandson of Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, was named the top U.S. college hockey player for 2009-10 on Friday in Detroit.
Geoffrion is the 30th recipient of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
Fellow forwards Bobby Butler of the University of New Hampshire and Gustav Nyquist of the University of Maine were also finalists. The trio made the cut from an original list of 10 candidates.
Geoffrion scored 23 goals in his senior season. He was selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL draft by the Nashville Predators.
Born in Plantation, Fla., he grew up and played hockey in Tennessee.
Geoffrion, 22, could become the first fourth-generation NHL player but first will try and help lead his team to a championship.
Wisconsin (28-10-4) takes on Boston College (28-10-3) on Saturday evening at Ford Field in the NCAA final.
The winner is the son of Danny Geoffrion, who played 111 NHL games for Winnipeg and Montreal between 1979 and 1982.
Grandfather Bernie Geoffrion was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972 after scoring 393 goals and 429 assists in the NHL. He led the league in scoring twice and won six Stanley Cups with the Canadiens.
He died in early 2006 at the age of 75.
Bernie Geoffrion's wife, Marlene, was the daughter of Hall of Famer Howie Morenz, who died in 1937 while still a member of the Canadiens
Butler, recently signed by the Ottawa Senators, led the NCAA with 27 goals in his fourth and final season. The six-foot, 185-pound native of Framingham, Mass., signed a two-year deal with the Senators.
Nyquist led all U.S. college hockey players with 42 assists and 61 points, achieved in 39 games.
The 20-year-old plans to return for a third season at Maine. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL draft by the Detroit Red Wings.
Previous Hobey winners include current NHLers Ryan Miller, Jordan Leopold, Matt Carle, Chris Drury, Brendan Morrison and Paul Kariya.
The award is named after the collegiate player from Princeton who died in service during World War I.