Report: Hall of Famer Geoffrion has stomach cancer

MONTREAL -- Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion was diagnosed with stomach cancer during recent surgery in Atlanta, the Montreal Gazette reported Wednesday.

Geoffrion plans to be in Montreal on Saturday when the Canadiens retire his No. 5.

Rejean Houle, the Canadiens' Alumni Association president, recently spoke to Geoffrion about attending the ceremony before the Canadiens-Rangers game.

"I was on the phone with him yesterday and he told me he was feeling better," Houle said Tuesday. "Don't worry, I'm going to be there,' he told me. 'I'm looking forward to being there. It's an honor I've been waiting for all of my life, and there's no way I'm not going be there. The doctor says I should be there.'

"You know the Boomer. He's always been a tough guy."

Geoffrion scored 371 goals in 766 games with the Canadiens, and he got 22 more when he came out of retirement to join the Rangers for 117 games over two seasons.