Seabrook with the Chicago Blackhawks in December 2014
April 20, 1985 |
Richmond, BC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)|
|NHL team||Chicago Blackhawks|
|NHL Draft||14th overall, 2003
Brent Seabrook (born April 20, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). A two-time Stanley Cup champion, he was selected in the first round, 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.
Growing up in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Seabrook played minor hockey with the South Delta Minor Hockey Association. He also played spring hockey with the Pacific Vipers, along with three future Chicago Blackhawks teammates, Colin Fraser, Troy Brouwer and Andrew Ladd. 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. Seabrook played with future 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 five 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.
The following season, Seabrook became an integral part of a young and rejuvenated Blackhawks team that made the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in seven years the following season in 2009. He 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. On June 9, 2010, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4–3 in overtime.
On February 27, 2011, Chicago signed Seabrook to a five-year, $30 million contract extension.
On May 29, 2013, Seabrook scored the Game 7 overtime winner against the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semi-finals, advancing the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup Finals. During the Finals, on June 19, Seabrook scored the overtime winner against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the series. Seabrook won his second Stanley Cup as the Blackhawks beat the Bruins in six games.
During the first round of the 2014 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.
Seabrook during the 2010 Winter Olympics)
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
|2005 United States|
|World U18 Championships|
During his junior career, Seabrook represented Team Canada in two World Junior Championships. In 2004 in Finland, he recorded three 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 in the United States, he matched his three-point total from the previous tournament and helped defeat Russia 6–1 in the final to capture Canada's first gold medal that began a five-year run.
On December 30, 2009, Seabrook was called and asked to play for Team Canada for the Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's tournament 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. 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.
On February 25, 2014, Seabrook, along with Blackhawks teammate Duncan Keith, made a cameo appearance in the episode "Virgin Skin" on the NBC drama Chicago Fire. His younger brother, Keith Seabrook, was drafted by the Florida Panthers and played in the AHL from 2009 to 2012, returning in 2014 after a brief hiatus from the sport.
Regular season and playoffs
Awards and achievements
- 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships gold medalist — 2003
- 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships silver medalist (Canada)
- WHL East Second All-Star Team (2005)
- 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships gold medalist (Canada)
- 2006–07 NHL YoungStars Game participant
- Stanley Cup champion — 2010, 2013
- 2010 Olympic gold medalist (Canada)
- NHL All-Star Game — 2015
- "Brent Seabrook-Finalist". Delta Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
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- "Rearguard living dream with Hawks". Canadian Online Explorer. 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
- Rogers, Jesse (2010-06-13). "Seabrook, Wisniewski on good terms". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-04-20.
- Powers, Scott (20 April 2014). "Brent Seabrook suspended 3 games". ESPN. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- The Canadian Press (2010-02-01). "Hockey remains Canada's game". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- Neveau, James (2014-02-24). "Stadium Series Keith, Seabrook to Guest Star On "Chicago Fire" Tuesday". NBC. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
- "Panthers pick up K. Seabrook from Calgary". NHL.com. 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brent Seabrook.|
- Brent Seabrook's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Brent Seabrook's player profile at TSN.ca
- Brent Seabrook Minor Hockey Slapshot Goal Video
- Brent Seabrook Minor Hockey Highlight Mix Video
- Brent Seabrook's Shnarped Profile
|Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick