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