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Bernard 'Boom Boom' Geoffrion
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Hockey Player
    (February 14, 1931-March 11, 2006)
    Won six Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens
    393 career goals and 429 assists in 883 games (1950–1964, 1966–1968)
    1951-52 Calder Trophy winner
    1954-55 Art Ross Trophy winner
    1960-61 Hart Trophy winner
    Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972
    Died of stomach cancer in Atlanta at age 75
    He was never a minor league player, jumping directly from the juniors to the Canadiens in 1957.
    A life-threatening training injury led to a perforated intestine in 1958.
    He ignored medical warnings to sit out the remainder of the season.
    He died mere hours before his jersey number (5) was retired.
    A Montreal sportswriter christened him ‘Boom Boom' from the effect of his slapshot.
    A Chicago Black Hawks goalie referred to his shot as a ‘cannonball.'
    When his gear was tossed outside the locker room after a practice session with the 1945 junior team by the assistant coach, he was not discouraged.

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