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Mar 12th, 2006 at 2:24am

Montreal Canadiens legend Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion passes away

ATLANTA (CP) - Montreal Canadiens legend Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion has died after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 75.

Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion
Geoffrion, said to be the inventor of the slapshot, was a charismatic star on powerhouse Canadiens teams in the 1950s and early 1960s. He became the second NHL player, after teammate Maurice (Rocket) Richard, to score 50 goals in a season in 1960-61.

The Canadiens say they will go ahead with plans to retire Geoffrion's No. 5 before their game with the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. Geoffrion's wife Marlene, children Linda, Robert and Danny and his grandchildren will be on hand for the ceremony.

"The National Hockey League is truly saddened by the loss of one of its true legends," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement. "During a celebrated 16-year career in which he was a key member of six Stanley Cup champions in his first nine full seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Bernie Geoffrion became known and loved as 'Boom Boom' for his offensive flair and his passionate play. We will remember him always for that, for his great love of the game and for his undying love of the Canadiens.

"On a day when his famous #5 takes its appropriate place above the ice at Bell Centre, the thoughts and prayers of the entire NHL family are with Mr. Geoffrion's wife Marlene, daughter Linda and sons Robert and Danny along with his eight grandchildren. We cherish his memory and his contribution to our sport."

Geoffrion was admitted to hospital last week in Atlanta, where he has lived since coaching the NHL's Atlanta Flames in the 1970s. Doctors tried operating but discovered that the cancer had spread too much
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