Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion passes away

The inventor of the slapshot died today, the day the habs retire his number in the bell center…

Bernard Andre Joseph Geoffrion, born on Feb. 16, 1931, was dubbed Boom Boom by sportswriter

Charlie Boire of the Montreal Star while he was playing junior hockey for the Laval Nationale in the

late 1940s.One boom was for the sound of his stick striking the puck; the second was for when

his rocketing shot hit the boards.

The Canadiens say they will go ahead with plans to retire Geoffrion’s No. 5 before their game with the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. Geoffrion’s wife Marlene, children Linda, Robert and Danny and his grandchildren will be on hand for the ceremony.

Geoffrion was admitted to hospital last week in Atlanta, where he has lived since coaching the NHL’s Atlanta Flames in the 1970s. Doctors tried operating but discovered that the cancer had spread too much.

1951-52 Calder Memorial Trophy

1954-55 Art Ross Trophy

1960-61 Art Ross Trophy

1960-61 Hart Memorial Trophy

6 Stanley Cup

393g 429a 822pts in 883 games

his best season: 50g 45a 95pts in 64games during 1960-1961

11 Responses to Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion passes away

  1. djstoop_id says:

    Life is quite the biatch sometimes. Seriously.

    I bet there will be a lot of crying tonight at the Bell Center.

  2. Telemachus says:

    This is so, so incredibly sad. I know Boom Boom’s grandson, Blake (he goes to my school in Ann Arbor, MI, as part of the USA National Development Team Program), so this is especially hard. Rest in Peace, Boom Boom.

  3. thatleafsguy says:

    I never saw him play, I was born way after his career ended, but I still have respect for the founders of the game. We are losing to many sports figures this past week and a half. RIP Boom Boom, 75 years man, you had a prettygood run and atleast you didnt have to suffer long. Cancer is a b!tch. Its really quite strange that the Canadiens were or are going to retire his number tonight and he couldn’t hang on long enough to see it, something he wanted for a very long time. Life is very strange sometimes and the older you get the stranger and more sureal it becomes. God bless.

  4. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Well this certainly blows.

    Gotta respect the old guys. He was 100000000000s of times better then alot of the guys today, like Antropov, Belak, Berg, and so forth, and didn’t live nearly as comfortable.

    I’m interested as his comfort of living. Maurice Richard was very poor at death, and Doug Harvey died with no money in a box car, it’s really sad.

    Rock on Bernie….Rock on….

  5. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    you will be missed.

  6. habswinthecup-again says:

    RIP Boom Boom, it is a sad day for the hockey world.

  7. nordiques100 says:

    one of hockey’s great innovators. he will be missed

  8. monley89 says:

    sad day for hockey, Boom Boom was a special player in his own way, he had a way to make the guys laugh in the dressing room and will be sorely missed by his friends, family, peers, players and of course the fans. Boom Boom may God bless you and your family.

  9. gohabs73 says:

    wow! that was a touching ceremony!

    i didn’t know his wife Marlene was Howie Morenz’ daughter!

    i guess that’s what you call a hockey family…

    rest in peace Boom Boom. we will remember you.

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  11. gio1408 says:

    From all of us as, our deepest sympathies go out to the Geoffrion family.

    Boom Boom…you were agreat player, father, husband and friend. May you rest in Peace.

    Enjoying watching the games with the rest of our boys up there… the guys know you are smiling down on them!

    Tonight’s ceremony was fantastic. Boom Boom’sfamily is very strong to come out and attend in the ceremonies after getting the horrible news hours before.

    RIP Mr. Boom Boom…you will never be forgotten!

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