Monday, 27 February 2012

What's in a Number: The Canadiens #57 and #25

On Trade deadline day the Canadiens traded forward Andrei Kostitsyn.  They also acquired forward Brad Staubitz off waivers from the Minnesota Wild.

In another roster move the Canadiens called up prospect Blake Geoffrion of their AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs.

Blake Geoffrion will make is Montreal Canadiens debut.  Blake Geoffrion will be the fourth generation family member to play for the Canadiens.  His great-grandfather was Howie Morenz.  His grandfather was Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion.   Blake's dad, Danny Geoffrion, also played for the Canadiens back in 1979-80.

Normally the Canadiens assign numbers to rookies, but in this case, due to Blake's rich family history with the club, Blake got to choose.  He's decided to go with #57.   Paying homage to both Morenz (#7) and Boom-Boom Geoffrion (#5). 

Blake Geoffrion will be the 5th different player to don the #57 for the Montreal Canadiens.  The last player to wear #57 was Benoit Pouliot who did it for two season as recently as 2009-2011.  Chris Murray was the first ever Habs to wear #57 back in 1994-96.

Brad Staubitz will also make his Montreal Canadiens debut.  A veteran of several seasons in the NHL, Staubitz has opted to wear #25.  No. 25 was recently worn by Mathieu Dandenault through the 2005-09 seasons.  No. 25 was worn by distinction by both Jacques Lemaire, 1967-79, and by Vincent Damphousse, 1992-99.  Don Aiken was the first ever Hab to wear #25 back in 1957-58.

Mario Perrazzino
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