Brent Seabrook

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Brent Seabrook
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Seabrook in December 2014.
Born (1985-04-20) April 20, 1985 (age 29)
Richmond, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 14th overall, 2003
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2005–present

Brent Seabrook (born April 20, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 14th overall by the Blackhawks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft out of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He played four seasons of junior with the Lethbridge Hurricanes before joining the Blackhawks in 2005–06. Internationally, he competes for Team Canada and has won gold medals at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships, 2005 World Junior Championships and 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Playing career[edit]

Seabrook in February 2012.

Growing up in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Seabrook played minor hockey with the South Delta Minor Hockey Association.[1] He also played spring hockey with the Pacific Vipers, along with three future Chicago Blackhawks teammates, Colin Fraser, Troy Brouwer and Andrew Ladd.[2] He went on to play major junior in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, who drafted by him in the first round of the 2000 WHL Bantam Draft.[3][4] Seabrook played with Chicago Blackhawks teammate Kris Versteeg for three seasons in Lethbridge. After a 42-point season in 2002–03 with the Hurricanes, Seabrook was drafted 14th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Seabrook made his professional debut after completing his fourth and final WHL season, being assigned to the Norfolk Admirals, the Blackhawks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, for the final three games of the regular season and six post-season games. Seabrook cracked the Blackhawks' lineup his first year out of junior in 2005–06 and recorded 5 goals and 32 points as a rookie. In his third NHL season, in 2007–08, Seabrook matched his rookie total with 32 points while tallying a personal best nine goals. He began the season on the top-defensive pairing with Duncan Keith.[5]

The following season, he became an integral part of a young and rejuvenated Blackhawks team that made the playoffs for the first time in seven years the following season in 2009. Seabrook scored 11 points in 17 post-season games as the Blackhawks made it to the Western Conference Finals, where they were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings. On March 17, 2010, Seabrook was knocked out by a high hit from James Wisniewski, a former teammate. Seabrook missed the next two games, while Wisniewski was ultimately suspended for eight games.[6] On June 9, 2010, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime.

On February 27, 2011, the Chicago Blackhawks signed Seabrook to a five-year, $30 million contract. On May 29, 2013, Seabrook scored the Game 7 overtime winner against the Detroit Red Wings in the Conference Semifinals. On June 19, 2013, Seabrook scored the overtime winner against the Boston Bruins in game 4 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Seabrook won his second Stanley Cup as the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins in six games.

During the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, Seabrook delivered a high-hit to David Backes of the St. Louis Blues. Backes was forced to leave the game and Seabrook was assessed a match penalty. The Department of Player Safety reviewed the hit and suspended Seabrook for three games.[7]

International play[edit]

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Seabrook (#7 second in from left) during the 2010 Winter Olympics)
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 2010 Vancouver
World Junior Championships
Gold 2005 United States
Silver 2004 Finland
World U18 Championships
Gold 2003 Russia

During his junior career, Seabrook represented Team Canada in two World Junior Championships. In 2004 in Finland, he recorded 3 points to help Canada to the gold medal game against the United States, where they were defeated 4–3. Returning the following year in 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in the United States, he matched his 3-point total from the previous tournament and helped defeat Russia 6–1 in the final to capture Canada's first gold medal of a five-year run.

After his rookie season with the Chicago Blackhawks, Seabrook made his senior international debut with Team Canada at the 2006 World Championships in Latvia, where Canada failed to medal.

On December 30, 2009, Seabrook was called and asked to play for Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver along with Blackhawks teammates Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews. He was expected to continue his NHL pairing with Keith during the tournament, but he instead became designated as Canada's seventh defenceman.[8] He notched one assist over seven games as Canada won the gold medal over the United States 3–2 in overtime on February 28, 2010.[8]

Personal life[edit]

On February 25, 2014, Seabrook, along with Blackhawks teammate Duncan Keith, made a cameo appearance on the NBC drama Chicago Fire.[9] His younger brother, Keith Seabrook, was drafted by the Florida Panthers and played in the AHL from 2009 to 2012.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 4 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 67 6 33 39 70 4 1 1 2 2
2002–03 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 69 9 33 42 113
2003–04 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 61 12 29 41 107
2004–05 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 63 12 42 54 107 5 1 2 3 10
2004–05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 3 0 0 0 2 6 0 1 1 6
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 69 5 27 32 60
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 4 20 24 104
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 9 23 32 90
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 8 18 26 62 17 1 11 12 14
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 4 26 30 59 22 4 7 11 14
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 9 39 48 47 5 0 1 1 6
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 9 25 34 22 6 1 2 3 0
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 47 8 12 20 23 23 3 1 4 4
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 7 34 41 22 16 3 12 15 21
NHL totals 681 63 224 287 489 89 12 34 46 59

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada WJC 2nd 6 1 2 3 2
2005 Canada WJC 1st 5 0 3 3 0
2006 Canada WC 4th 8 0 0 0 2
2010 Canada Oly 1st 7 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 11 1 5 6 2
Senior totals 15 0 1 1 4

Awards and achievements[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brent Seabrook-Finalist". Delta Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "From Vipers to Hawks, they're still together". Vancouver Sun. 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Hurricanes WHL Bantam Draft History". lethbridgehurricanes.com. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  4. ^ "2000 WHL Bantam Draft List". shaw.ca. 2000-11-06. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  5. ^ "Rearguard living dream with Hawks". Canadian Online Explorer. 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  6. ^ Rogers, Jesse (2010-06-13). "Seabrook, Wisniewski on good terms". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  7. ^ Powers, Scott (20 April 2014). "Brent Seabrook suspended 3 games". ESPN. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  8. ^ a b The Canadian Press (2010-02-01). "Hockey remains Canada's game". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  9. ^ Neveau, James (2014-02-24). "Stadium Series Keith, Seabrook to Guest Star On "Chicago Fire" Tuesday". NBC. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  10. ^ "Panthers pick up K. Seabrook from Calgary". NHL.com. 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 

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Preceded by
Anton Babchuk
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Cam Barker