Brent Seabrook

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Brent Seabrook
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Seabrook in 2015
Born (1985-04-20) April 20, 1985 (age 36)
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 14th overall, 2003
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2005–2019

Brent Seabrook (born April 20, 1985) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman under contract for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played fifteen seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks, who selected him in the first round, 14th overall, 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, becoming a key component in their success including three Stanley Cup championships. Internationally, he competed for Team Canada and won gold medals at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships, 2005 World Junior Championships and 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Growing up in Tsawwassen, British Columbia,[1] Seabrook played minor hockey with the South Delta Minor Hockey Association.[2] He also played spring hockey with the Pacific Vipers, along with three future Chicago Blackhawks teammates, Colin Fraser, Troy Brouwer and Andrew Ladd.[3] 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.[4][5] 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.

Professional[edit]

Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

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' line-up 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.[6]

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.[7] On June 9, 2010, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4–3 in overtime.

Seabrook with the Blackhawks on February 18, 2011, several days before he signed a five-year extension with the team

On February 27, 2011, the Blackhawks signed Seabrook to a five-year, $29 million contract extension.[8]

On May 29, 2013, Seabrook scored the Game 7 overtime winner against the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semi-finals, advancing Chicago to the Western Conference Final.[9] 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.[10]

On September 17, 2015, the Blackhawks named Seabrook as an alternate captain.[11] On September 26, 2015, the Blackhawks signed Seabrook to an eight-year, $55 million contract extension.[12] Seabrook played in his 1,000th NHL game on March 29, 2018, in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.[13]

On December 11, 2018, Seabrook and teammate Duncan Keith became the first pair of defencemen, and the seventh duo in NHL history to play 1,000 games together.[14][15][16]

Injuries and retirement[edit]

On December 26, 2019, the Blackhawks placed Seabrook on long-term injured reserve after announcing he would require three separate surgical operations to repair his right shoulder and both hips.[17] Seabrook missed the remainder of the 2019–20 season. He returned to practice with the team in July to prepare for the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, which had been postponed to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seabrook opted out of the playoffs on July 24 to focus on fully recovering from his surgery.[18]

Seabrook intended to rejoin the Blackhawks prior to the 2020–21 season, but injured his back days before team's pre-season training camp. He was placed on injured reserve to start the season.[19] On March 5, 2021, Seabrook announced he could no longer continue his playing career in the NHL due to injury.[20] Seabrook intends on formally retiring after his current contract expires after the 2023–24 NHL season.[21] On July 27, 2021, the Blackhawks traded Seabrook's contract to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Tyler Johnson and a second-round draft pick in 2023.[22][23]

Seabrook played in 1,114 regular season games over 15 seasons in the NHL, where he recorded 103 goals and 361 assists.[24] Stan Bowman, the Blackhawks President of Hockey Operations, reflected on Seabrook's contributions stating, "Without Brent Seabrook, the Chicago Blackhawks would not have three Stanley Cups. He concludes his career as not only one of the best defensemen in franchise history, but one the greatest Chicago Blackhawks of all time."[20]

International play[edit]

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Seabrook during the 2010 Winter Olympics
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold medal – first place 2010 Vancouver
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 United States
Silver medal – second place 2004 Finland
World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Russia

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.

After his rookie season with the 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 at 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.[25] 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.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Seabrook and his wife Dayna have three children: a son and two daughters.[26][27]

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.[28] His younger brother, Keith Seabrook, was drafted by the Washington Capitals[29] and played in the AHL from 2009 to 2012, returning in 2014 after a brief hiatus from the sport.

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 Delta Ice Hawks PIJHL 54 16 26 42 55 17 2 5 7 12
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 22 3 1 4 4
2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 7 34 41 22 16 3 12 15 21
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 8 23 31 27 23 7 4 11 10
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 14 35 49 32 7 1 1 2 12
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 3 36 39 26 4 0 0 0 2
2017–18 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 7 19 26 38
2018–19 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 5 23 28 41
2019–20 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 32 3 1 4 8
NHL totals 1,114 103 361 464 661 123 20 39 59 83

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada Pacific U17 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 6 3 3 6 16
2003 Canada WJC18 1st place, gold medalist(s) 7 3 3 6 4
2004 Canada WJC 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 6 1 2 3 2
2005 Canada WJC 1st place, gold medalist(s) 5 0 3 3 0
2006 Canada WC 4th 8 0 0 0 2
2010 Canada OG 1st place, gold medalist(s) 7 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 24 7 11 18 22
Senior totals 15 0 1 1 4

Awards and honours[edit]

A banner depicting Seabrook at the 2010 Stanley Cup championship parade
Award Year Ref
WHL
CHL Top Prospects Game 2003
East Second All-Star Team 2005
NHL
NHL YoungStars Game 2007
Stanley Cup champion 2010, 2013, 2015
All-Star Game 2015
International
WJC18 All-Star Team 2003
WJC18 Best Defenseman 2003
Olympic gold medal 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seabrook brings Cup home to Tsawwassen, B.C.
  2. ^ "Brent Seabrook-Finalist". Delta Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  3. ^ "From Vipers to Hawks, they're still together". The Vancouver Sun. February 7, 2009. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009.
  4. ^ "Hurricanes WHL Bantam Draft History". lethbridgehurricanes.com. October 7, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "2000 WHL Bantam Draft List". shaw.ca. November 6, 2000. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "Rearguard living dream with Hawks". Canadian Online Explorer. October 5, 2007. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
  7. ^ Rogers, Jesse (June 13, 2010). "Seabrook, Wisniewski on good terms". ESPN. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Hawks sign Seabrook to 5-year extension". sportsnet.ca. February 27, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Busfield, Steve (May 30, 2018). "Seabrook OT goal gives Blackhawks Game Seven win over Red Wings". The Guardian. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Powers, Scott (April 20, 2014). "Brent Seabrook suspended 3 games". ESPN. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  11. ^ Leer, Eric (September 17, 2015). "Seabrook named alternate captain". nhl.blackhawks.com. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Myers, Tracey (March 29, 2018). "Seabrook to play 1,000th NHL game for Blackhawks". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  14. ^ Pascarella, Leah (December 11, 2018). "RECAP: Jets 6, Blackhawks 3". National Hockey League. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "Keith and Seabrook to play 1,000th NHL game together". TSN. December 11, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  16. ^ "Connor scores twice for Jets, Blackhawks drop 8th straight". AP News. December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018. Duncan Keith had an assist. He and defenseman Brent Seabrook marked their 1,000th regular-season game together, the most by current NHL teammates and seventh all-time.
  17. ^ "MEDICAL UPDATE: de Haan, Seabrook Undergo Successful Surgeries". Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  18. ^ Pope, Ben (July 24, 2020). "Brent Seabrook won't play for Blackhawks in playoffs, but plans to be 'impact player' next season". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  19. ^ Pope, Ben (February 8, 2021). "Blackhawks 'very concerned' about Brent Seabrook's accumulating injuries as latest back issue lingers". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  20. ^ a b "NEWS: Seabrook Unable to Continue Playing After 15 Seasons". NHL.com. March 5, 2021. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  21. ^ Leahy, Sean (March 5, 2021). "Brent Seabrook ends playing career after 15 seasons with Blackhawks". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 5, 2021. Because Seabrook isn't officially retiring, his contract remains on the Blackhawks’ books, albeit on long-term injury reserve. The eight-year, $55M deal he signed in 2015 expires following the 2023-24 NHL season.
  22. ^ "Johnson, pick traded to Blackhawks by Lightning for Seabrook". NHL.com. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  23. ^ "Blackhawks Reportedly Acquire Tyler Johnson From Lightning in Exchange for Brent Seabrook". NBC Chicago. July 27, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  24. ^ Neveau, James (March 5, 2021). "Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook Announces End of 15-Year NHL Career Due to Injury Concerns". NBC Chicago. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  25. ^ a b "Hockey remains Canada's game". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. March 1, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 18, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ "3 Chicago Blackhawks welcomed babies during championship run". wgntv.com. June 25, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  28. ^ Neveau, James (February 24, 2014). "Stadium Series Keith, Seabrook to Guest Star On "Chicago Fire" Tuesday". NBC. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  29. ^ "Panthers pick up K. Seabrook from Calgary". National Hockey League. July 9, 2011. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2011.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by