Sunday, March 12, 2006

Boom Boom and the number five now high in the rafters and beyond

Hockey fans across North America were saddened to hear of the passing of Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion. The former Canadien icon and trailblazer and ambassador of hockey to the deep south.

Geoffrion passed away on Saturday morning, hours prior to events in Montreal that were to salute his career and retire his sweater. It was a long overdue honour that sadly could only take place in memoriam for the always entertaining number five of les habitants.

Geoffrion's family was gathered at centre ice on Saturday night to receive the salute from the crowd and share their thoughts of the man that gave his all for his beloved Canadiens.

It's unfortunate that the Canadiens waited a bit too long and that Geoffrion could not have received one final salute from the city that he played so hard for in his storied NHL career.

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