Next up on my list of acquisitions for my 2011-12 Dominion Rookie Patch Auto collection is Montreal Canadiens left winger Blake Geoffrion. The card is serial numbered 27/199 and features a swatch from a Nashville Predators jersey, the team he started the season with.
Geoffrion was selected in the second round (56th overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 3008 NHL entry draft. He was traded from the Predators to the Canadiens on February 7, 2012 along with Robert Slaney and a 2012 second round draft pick for defenseman Hal Gill and a fifth round pick in 2013. Geoffrion actually played for four different teams during the 2011-12 season: the Predators and Canadiens, and their respective AHL affiliates, the Milwaukee Admirals and Hamilton Bulldogs.
Geoffrion also has the distinction of being the first fourth-generation NHL player. His great grandfather was hockey legend Howie Morenz and his grandfather was hall of famer Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, the man credited for inventing the slap shot. His father, Dan, played for three seasons in the NHL with the Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets. Geoffrion's number 57 is in tribute to the numbers worn by Morenz (7) and Boom Boom (5).