The Geoffrion name carries a lot of weight not only in the hockey community of Nashville, but in the hockey community as a whole. Becoming the first family to have four generations of NHL hockey players is quite extraordinary by itself, but that accomplishment perhaps means more in the Nashville area simply because of who the fourth generation player was.
Blake Geoffrion, who was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, was the first player from Tennessee to ever be taken in the NHL draft and the first fourth-generation player in the history of the NHL after making his NHL debut with Nashville on February 26, 2011 in Dallas. It was a historic occasion for hockey in Nashville.
One of hockey’s greatest families is continuing to make an impact on the game at an NHL level. Sebastian Geoffrion, one of Blake’s younger brothers, is participating in development camp with the Predators this week.
“It’s been awesome so far just being with all the guys,” Sebastian said. “Growing up here, I’ve seen the first game[in franchise history], so getting an invite has been unbelievable so far.
Sebastian played four years of college hockey at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, ending last season. After his college hockey playing days were over, Sebastian played nine games with the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League. He’s very familiar with the Nashville organization having grown up in Brentwood and having watched Blake play for the Predators.
When Sebastian found out that he was going to be heading to Nashville for development camp, he gave his older brother a phone call to tell him the good news.
“[Blake] was pumped. I got invited about three or four weeks ago, so I gave him a call. He was just real excited for me to have this chance and opportunity,” Sebastian said.
Sebastian doesn’t put up the same type of offensive numbers that Blake did during his time at the University of Wisconsin. He’s a different type of player. While it is a long shot that he will make the NHL, being able to come to development camp and work on his overall game from NHL coaches should make him a better player.
“I’m just pretty excited about the chance I’m getting, and I”m taking full advantage of it,” Sebastian said.
One of hockey’s most decorated families just added another chapter to an already impressive legacy.