One day after his retirement as an NHL player became public via a breathtaking ESPN article, Blake Geoffrion has begun his post-playing career by joining the Blue Jackets as a pro scout.

The Blue Jackets also announced the hiring of Bob Halkidis as pro scout and Marshall Davidson as amateur scout.

Geoffrion, 25, suffered a depressed skull fracture while playing for the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs on Nov. 9, 2012. He has not skated competitively since, and was told by doctors he should not play again.

"It's definitely tough to think about never playing again," Geoffrion said. "But it's bittersweet, because I'm excited about this, the next chapter, the next opportunity. I can't wait to get started. I've always followed depth charts, and I've always kept track of the players in this league, what they can and can't do. It's definitely a passion of mine, and I'm excited to join the Blue Jackets."

Geoffrion's grandfather was Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion; his great grandfather was Howie Morenz, both NHL Hall of Famers. In 55 NHL games with Nashville and Montreal, Blake Geoffrion had 8-5-13.

When word spread around the NHL that Geoffrion was retiring, Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen called him, spawning the first of several long conversations.

"It's a real advantage when you can deal w people who have actually play against these guys, not just watched them," Kekalainen said. "Blake is a passionate young man. He knows what we're looking for, and he has a great head for the game."