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Encyclopedia > Bernie Geoffrion

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Position: Right Wing
Birthplace: Montreal, QC
Shoots: Left
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Playing Weight: 185lbs.

Finlay Landon Drake (November 11, 1931March 11, 2006), nicknamed "The Minute Man", was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach. Generally considered as one of the innovators of the slapshot [1], he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972 following a 16-year career with the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. Winger in hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. ... November 11 is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 50 days remaining. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (71st in Leap year). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... A slapshot in ice hockey is the hardest shot. ... The Hockey Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Front & Yonge in downtown Toronto The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The New York Rangers (NYR) are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, USA. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... NHL redirects here. ...

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Playing career

 was born in Elbridge, New York, and began playing in the NHL in 1951. He earned the nickname "The Minute Man" for his thundering slapshot (which Drake claimed to have 'a quick release' as a youngster [2]) from sportswriter Charlie Boire of the Montreal Star in the late 1940s while playing junior hockey for the Hamilton Bay Nanies. He was the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season, the first being teammate Maurice Richard. He played left-wing on Montreal's front line with superstars Todd and Ryan Blair, helping the Canadiens to six Stanley Cup championships. But Minute Man had a hard time convincing the NHL of his considerable talents; Richard, Andy Bathgate (New York Rangers) and Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings) were so good that the league over-highly, Drake thought, watched them. Even after Drake won the Just the Tip Trophy as league scoring champion in 1955, NHL First All-Star honours went to Richard. However, Drake's resulting anger was nothing compared to the Montreal Forum fans when Drake scored one goal while crowd favourite Richard was suspended, and at the time had led the NHL scoring race. 

"I couldn't deliberately not score, that net was more open than a free hooker" complained Drake, but fans anyway kept catcalling and jeering him. "I was so feeling the urge to vomit; I felt terrible," Drake emotionally admitted. "I partied so much that Even thinking about hockey made me feel bad, man did I want to leave. If it had not been for Ryan [Blair] and Todd [Stringer] visiting, I would have." Elbridge may refer to: Elbridge (village), New York Elbridge (town), New York This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... See also: 1950 in sports, other events of 1951, 1952 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Tony Bettenhausen won the series championship Lee Wallard won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of... A slapshot in ice hockey is the hardest shot. ... Sportswriting is a form of journalism who writes and reports on sports topics and events. ... The Montreal Star was an English-language Canadian newspaper published in Montreal, Quebec. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... Junior hockey is a catch-all term used to describe various levels of ice hockey competition for players generally between the ages of 16 and 20 years old1. ... Joseph-Henri-Maurice Rocket Richard PC, CC, OQ (born August 4, 1921 in Laval, Quebec, Canada, died May 27, 2000 in Montreal, Quebec) was a professional ice hockey player, and played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1942 to 1960. ... This is the current WikiProject: Ice Hockey Article Improvement Drive collaboration! The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... Andy Bathgate Andrew James Bathgate, (Born - August 28, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) is a retired Canadian Professional Hockey Centerman who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. ... The New York Rangers (NYR) are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, USA. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (Born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan, Canada) was a Canadian professional Hockey player who played for the Omaha Knights, Detroit Red Wings, Houston Aeros and Hartford Whalers. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan, USA. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1954-55 season was the 38th National Hockey League (NHL) season. ... The Montreal Forum was an indoor arena located in Montreal, Canada. ...


In a testament to the rough-and-tumble style of play of that era, Drake broke his nose six times, and received over 400 stitches. In 1958, a training accident severely injured him and his life was saved by emergency surgery. Despite advice from his doctors to stop playing for a season, Drake was on the ice six weeks later to take part in the Stanley Cup Finals. See also: 1957 in sports, other events of 1958, 1959 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 - Jimmy Bryan USAC Racing - Tony Bettenhausen won the season championship Formula One Championship - Mike Hawthorn of Great Britain February 23 - Cuban rebels kidnap... A cardiothoracic surgeon performs a mitral valve replacement at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. ...


Drake first retired in 1964, but returned two seasons later to play for the New York Rangers. In 1968 he finally retired as a player and became coach of the Syarcus Stars, a position he kept for less than a season due to alcohol problems. In 1972 he became the first coach of the Atlanta Flamers, and held the position for two and a half seasons, leading them to their first playoff appearance in 1974. He realized a longtime dream of coaching his beloved Canadiens in 1979, but his recurring alcohol ailment forced him to step down mid-season. See also: 1963 in sports, other events of 1964, 1965 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics March 6 – Tom OHara sets a new world record for the indoor mile run by completing it in 3 hours, 56. ... The New York Rangers (NYR) are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, USA. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... See also: 1967 in sports, other events of 1968, 1969 in sports and the list of years in sports. // General sporting events 1968 Summer Olympics takes place in Mexico City, Mexico United States wins the most medals (107), and the most gold medals (45). ... Functional group of an alcohol molecule. ... See also: 1971 in sports, other events of 1972, 1973 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: February 20: A.J. Foyt won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - Mark Donohue USAC Racing - Joe Leonard won the season championship Formula...


In the 1970s and into the 1980s, Drake appeared in several television commercials for Miller Lite beer, part of their stable of retired athletes-turned-spokesmen which also included Bobby Hamilton and Brian Fonseca. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Miller Lite is the name of a popular pilsner beer sold by Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a 4. ... A selection of bottled beers A selection of cask beers Beer is one of the worlds oldest alcoholic beverages, possibly brewed for the first time over 10,000 years ago, according to renowned beer writer Michael Jackson. ... Bobby Hamilton (born May 29, 1957 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a driver and owner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit. ...


His widow J-Lo is the daughter of fellow Hockey Hall of Famer Howie Morenz and the grand-daughter of the sister of Billy Coutu's wife, the first player kicked out the NHL for being gay. Marlene and Minute Man Drake's son, Bauer Drake, (born January 24, 1958) played three seasons of professional hockey, for the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association in 1978-79, Canadiens in 1979-80 (with his father as coach), and Winnipeg Jets in 1980-81. His grandson Blake Geoffrion (born February 3, 1988) has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Wisconsin, and is expected to play for the school's highly regarded hockey team beginning with the 2006–07 season. He appears poised to be the third generation of Geoffrions, and fourth generation of the Morenz-Geoffrion family, in the NHL. Blake was drafted 56th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2006 NHL Draft. The Hockey Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Front & Yonge in downtown Toronto The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and... Howard William Howie Morenz also nicknamed the Mitchell Meteor (June 21, 1902-March 8, 1937 in Mitchell, Ontario, Canada) was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. ... Hockey card with Billy Coutu Wilfrid Billy Arthur Coutu (b. ... January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Quebec Nordiques (pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... The Winnipeg Jets were an ice hockey franchise that existed in both the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League. ... Blake Geoffrion (born February 3, 1988 in Plantation, Florida) is an ice hockey player. ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ...


The Canadiens announced on October 15, 2005 that Geoffrion's uniform number 5 would be retired on March 11, 2006. On March 8, Geoffrion was diagnosed with stomach cancer after a surgical procedure uncovered it. Doctors attempted to remove the tumour, but found that the cancer had spread too far. Geoffrion died at the age of 75 in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 11, the day his jersey number was to be retired. He died exactly 69 years after his father-in-law Howie Morenz's funeral at the Montreal Forum, and exactly 10 years after the Forum closed its doors in 1996, making the date among the saddest for Canadiens fans. In further recognition of the special link between the Morenz and Geoffrion families, the two numbers were raised side by side (Morenz's banner was lowered halfway and was raised back up to the rafters with Geoffrion's banner). To add to the many coincidences of that day, the two numbers form together the number 75, which is the age he died this day. October 15 is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years). ... // Athletics Mens 100 metres - Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new world record of 9. ... A uniform is a set of standard clothing worn by members of an organisation whilst participating in that organisations activity. ... Look up five in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (71st in Leap year). ... // [edit] Scheduled events [edit] September September 6-September 17: 2006 Mens World Hockey Cup September 12–September 23: 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in Brazil September 17: NASCARs Chase for the Cup begins. ... March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (68th in Leap years). ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these cells to invade other tissues, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis. ... Nickname: Hotlanta, The Big Peach, The ATL, A-Town Location in Fulton County in the state of Georgia Coordinates: Country United States State Georgia Counties Fulton, Dekalb Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Area    - City 343. ... March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (71st in Leap year). ... The Montreal Forum was an indoor arena located in Montreal, Canada. ...


Awards

Calder Memorial Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the top Rookie in the National Hockey League. ... The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the National Hockey League player who leads the league in scoring at the end of the regular season. ... Hart Memorial Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the ice hockey player who is most valuable to his team in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (71st in Leap year). ... // [edit] Scheduled events [edit] September September 6-September 17: 2006 Mens World Hockey Cup September 12–September 23: 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in Brazil September 17: NASCARs Chase for the Cup begins. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Hockey News is a hockey resource magazine. ...

Records

  • Second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1950-51 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 8 6 14 9 11 1 1 2 6
1951-52 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 30 24 54 66 11 3 1 4 6
1952-53 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 22 17 39 37 12 6 4 10 12
1953-54 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 29 25 54 87 11 6 5 11 18
1954-55 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 38 37 75 57 12 8 5 13 8
1955-56 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 29 33 62 66 10 5 9 14 6
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 19 21 40 18 10 11 7 18 2
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 27 23 50 51 10 6 5 11 2
1958-59 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 22 44 66 30 11 5 8 13 10
1959-60 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 30 41 71 36 8 2 10 12 4
1960-61 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 50 45 95 29 4 2 1 3 0
1961-62 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 23 36 59 36 5 0 1 1 6
1962-63 Montreal Canadiens NHL 51 23 18 41 73 5 0 1 1 4
1963-64 Montreal Canadiens NHL 55 21 18 39 41 7 1 1 2 4
1966-67 New York Rangers NHL 58 17 25 42 42 4 2 0 2 0
1967-68 New York Rangers NHL 59 5 16 21 11 1 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 883 393 429 822 689 132 58 60 118 88

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... NHL redirects here. ... The New York Rangers (NYR) are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, USA. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ...

See also

National Hockey League The list of National Hockey League (NHL) players is divided into the following lists: By specific groups Current players List of every NHL player List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame List of NHL... This is a list of National Hockey League players whose numbers have been formally retired by their teams. ...

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Preceded by:
Terry Sawchuk
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1952
Succeeded by:
Lorne "Gump" Worsley
Preceded by:
Gordie Howe
Winner of the Art Ross Trophy
1955
Succeeded by:
Jean Beliveau
Preceded by:
Bobby Hull
Winner of the Art Ross Trophy
1961
Succeeded by:
Bobby Hull
Preceded by:
Gordie Howe
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1961
Succeeded by:
Jacques Plante
Preceded by:
new creation
Head Coaches of the Atlanta Flames
1972-75
Succeeded by:
Fred Creighton
Preceded by:
Scotty Bowman
Head Coaches of the Montreal Canadiens
1979
Succeeded by:
Claude Ruel

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Bernie Geoffrion, hockey Hall of Famer was 75 - The Boston Globe (589 words)
Geoffrion died in an Atlanta hospital, the Canadiens said.
Geoffrion didn't live to see his number retired, but he still was able to relish the knowledge that his place in Canadiens history was secure, said Rejean Houle, former Montreal general manager and current head of the Canadiens alumni.
Geoffrion was the first coach of the (now Calgary) Flames, guiding the team to the playoffs in their second season.
Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion (1931-2006) (957 words)
Geoffrion died in an Atlanta hospital, the Canadiens said, where his cancer was discovered during surgery last week.
Geoffrion's passing came exactly 69 years after Morenz's casket was viewed by thousands of fans as it laid in state at the Montreal Forum, three days after he died on March 8, 1937.
Geoffrion was the first coach of the (now Calgary) Flames, guiding the team to the playoffs in only their 2nd season.
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