University of Wisconsin senior Blake Geoffrion was named the recipient of the 2010 Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top college player on Friday. He is the first player from the school to win the prestigious award. Geoffrion beat out two of Hockey East’s best players in University of New Hampshire’s Bobby Butler (OTT) and the University of Maine’s Gustav Nyquist (DET).
“I just would like thank my teammates, who are the reason why I’m here,” Geoffrion said in his acceptance speech. “I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Geoffrion’s stellar senior campaign and strong leadership have been instrumental in guiding Wisconsin to another Frozen Four appearance, as well as earning him a recent selection to the All-America West First Team.
To date, Geoffrion has played in 39 games, posting 50 points (28 goals, 22 assists). His 15 power-play goals lead the nation, while the winger’s 28 total goals lead Wisconsin. He serves as one of the Badgers tri-captains and plays in all situations.
Geoffrion has also excelled on faceoffs, winning nearly 60 percent of all the draws that he has taken. His attention to his defensive responsibilities has made Geoffrion not only an invaluable commodity on the Badgers penalty-killing unit, but has also helped to make him one of the nation’s best and most versatile two-way forwards.
Geoffrion was a second-round pick of his hometown Nashville Predators in 2006. He is the grandson of Boom-Boom Geoffrion and the son of Danny Geoffrion.
And as the younger Geoffrion was quick to point out, his attention to defense also makes him a very different type of forward compared to his father.
“My dad is a little different. He’s a natural goal-scorer. If you watch some of my games, some of the goals that I had this year were, for the most part, the grimy, greasy goals right in front of the net, just banging them home. Some are tap-ins or have come as the result of paying the price in front of the net. But I’ve also had a couple of nice ones too. My dad didn’t really care about defense too much when he played, but I really do, so that’s kind of what makes us different.”
Soon, the 22-year-old Geoffrion’s attention shifts to Saturday’s national championship game, where he hopes to lead the Badgers to another national championship crown to cap a phenomenal season and career in the Cardinal red and white.