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Geoffrion, Bernie
Montreal Canadiens

Whether he actually invented or perfected the slapshot is debatable, but there is no doubt that BERNIE GEOFFRION came by his nickname, "BOOM BOOM," honestly. With a wicked shot and strong playmaking skills, GEOFFRION scored a league leading 38 goals along with 37 assists to win the ART ROSS TROPHY with 75 points. After four seasons as scoring leader, Gordie Howe was pushed back to fifth spot. Behind "BOOM BOOM's" 75 points were teammates Maurice Richard with 74 and Jean Beliveau with 73. But there was some dissension about the scoring championship, and GEOFFRION suffered from the controversy. With four games left in the season, "Rocket" Richard looked poised to earn his first scoring championship. But in that game against the Boston Bruins, Richard got into a stick-swinging episode that led into his punching an official. NHL President Clarence Campbell suspended Richard for the final three games of the season. Within the three games, three things happened: Montreal fans caused a riot, Detroit pushed past Montreal for their seventh consecutive league championship and GEOFFRION edged Richard as the scoring leader. Montreal fans booed "BOOM BOOM" for passing their beloved "Rocket" in the scoring race. BERNIE GEOFFRION was selected to the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 1954-55 to go along with his ART ROSS TROPHY.

Geoffrion, Bernie