Rushed to the hospital after hitting his head on the ice following a hit from Syracuse Crunch defenceman Jean-Philippe Côté on Friday night, the Canadiens and Bulldogs issued an update on forward Blake Geoffrion on Saturday afternoon.
“Geoffrion, 24, had successful surgery last night for treatment of a depressed skull fracture. His condition is stable and he remains at the intensive care unit at the hospital,” the release said. “Geoffrion is out indefinitely, and the medical staff is expecting a complete recovery from his injury.”
The incident occurred midway through the first period. Skating down the left side with the puck on his stick, Geoffrion’s head was down when Cote, a former Bulldog, caught him with a massive – but clean – check just outside the Crunch blue line. Geoffrion, who went airborne, hit his head on the ice on his way down, Bulldogs head coach Sylvain Lefebvre said after the game.
He skated off the ice under his own power, his hands covering his face, bleeding.
There has been an outpouring of support on Twitter for the fourth-generation Hab from fans, media, teammates and players around the league.
“Thoughts and prayers go out to @BlakeGeoffrion. Stay strong bud! See u soon,” Canadiens captain Brian Gionta wrote.
“Thoughts and prayers with ya boomer. Get healthy soon my friend,” added Bulldogs defenceman Brendon Nash.
“@BlakeGeoffrion the hockey world is praying for you big guy. Hope for a speedy recovery,” Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan wrote.
“Bestwishes (sic) @blakegeoffrion on a quick and healthy recovery Skated off the ice on his own with a fractured skull that needed surgery #warrior,” said Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney.
“Don't know Blake Geoffrion personally but always sad to see someone get hurt like that. Hope to see him back soon,” said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog.
Those wanting to send well-wishes to Geoffrion can do so by posting on the Bulldogs’ Facebook page. The team will send the messages to him in the hospital.