BERNIE GEOFFRION

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WE’LL CLOSE WITH yet an­other Mon­treal leg­end. Geoffrion was one of the first to pull off back-to-back rookie play­offs, so maybe we should give him some credit for start­ing the whole trend.

The first came in 1951, af­ter the man who’d be cred­ited with in­vent­ing the slap­shot had made his reg­u­lar sea­son debut by ap­pear­ing in 18 games. Geoffrion then suited up for all 11 of Mon­treal’s play­off games, as the team reached the Stan­ley Cup fi­nal be­fore los­ing to the Maple Leafs. The fol­low­ing sea­son, Geoffrion hit the 30-goal mark while win­ning the Calder Tro­phy, then fol­lowed that up with his sec­ond rookie play­off run. This one went a lot like his first: 11 games played, a trip to the Cup fi­nal and a loss (this time to the Red Wings).

Sur­pris­ingly, ‘Boom Boom’ didn’t make much noise in ei­ther play­off ap­pear­ance, scor­ing just four goals in 22 games over the two rookie post-sea­sons. But those would be among the last times he was quiet dur­ing a ca­reer in which he be­came the sec­ond player to score 50 goals in a sea­son, won a Hart Tro­phy and led the play­offs in goal-scor­ing twice.

BERNIE GEOFFRION

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