MADISON, Wis. – Graduated senior forward Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) has been named USA Hockey's College Player of the Year, the sports U.S. governing body announced today.
USA Hockey will host its 2010 Annual Congress from Thursday, June 10, through Sunday, June 13, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The four-day event provides USA Hockey's various councils, committees and affiliates the opportunity to conduct the organization's business and celebrate the year's accomplishments. In addition, two dinners will be staged to honor those who have contributed to the great success of USA Hockey.
USA Hockey will honor its service award recipients and players of the year on June 10 at an awards dinner tabbed "A Night of Tribute."
In 2009-10, Blake Geoffrion helped lead the University of Wisconsin Badgers to the NCAA title game, while capturing Wisconsin's first Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation's top collegiate player. Geoffrion completed the season second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with 34 points in 25 league games, while ranking third in the national goal-scoring race with 28 goals in 40 games. The All-WCHA First Team selection led the nation with 15 power-play goals and was named the most valuable player at the NCAA West Regional. The RBK/American Hockey Coaches Association First-Team All-American also captured Insidecollegehockey.com and USCHO.com's National Player of the Year laurels.
Recently graduated from Wisconsin with a degree in consumer science, the Nashville Predators prospect made his professional debut in a short stint with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals following the completion of the Badgers' season.
The senior finished fourth on the Badgers with 50 points (28-22=50) on the nation's third-highest scoring team. Geoffrion stepped up when it mattered most, tallying seven goals and 13 points in eight postseason contests. He notched two game-winning goals, three power-play goals and a first goal in those games
Geoffrion was also a prominent presence on the one of the nation's top power-play killing teams. The senior did all the little things that helped the Badgers succeed, including serving as the team's top faceoff artist by winning nearly 60 percent of faceoffs in the season.
As a senior, Geoffrion also led off the ice. As one of the team's three captains, he was consistently the team's vocal motivator in and out of the rink.
Courtesy: UW Press Release