Less than 24 hours after Nashville's elimination from the NHL playoffs, Blake Geoffrion will be back on the ice, competing for a different championship trophy.
The former University of Wisconsin standout is one of three rookies who were dispatched to the Predators' American Hockey League affiliate in Milwaukee, where the Admirals will host Houston on Tuesday night in the deciding Game 7 of the West Division finals at the Bradley Center.
Joining Geoffrion are fellow forward Matt Halischuk and defenseman Jonathon Blum. All three appeared in each of Nashville's 12 playoff games during the deepest run in franchise history, as the Predators pushed regular-season Western Conference champ Vancouver to six games in their semifinal series before falling.
Geoffrion and Blum each notched a pair of postseason assists, while Halischuk scored two goals — most notably the game-winner in the longest game in Predators history, a double-overtime win in Game 2 against the Canucks.
It's another exciting twist for Geoffrion, who started his pro career in Milwaukee last fall following a UW career in which he became the Badgers' first Hobey Baker Award winner and captained Wisconsin to the NCAA title game.
Geoffrion scored 35 points in 47 games for the Admirals before Nashville summoned him to the NHL roster in February, when he became the first fourth-generation player in league history.
He follows in the footsteps of his father, Danny, a former first-round pick of Montreal, and two Hall of Gamers for the Canadiens, great-grandfather Howie Morenz and grandfather Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion.