The Chicago Blackhawks had a lot of amazing years with Brent Seabrook on their roster. He was the number two defenseman on the team thanks to Duncan Keith’s prowess but Seabrook would have been number one on most teams.
This is a guy who was good enough to be invited to play for Canada at the Olympics where they won a Gold Medal. He also won the Stanley Cup three times with Chicago during their run of dominance. He was elite for a long time.
He was a great two-way defenseman in his time which is why they were so good. He scored 101 goals and had 361 assists for 464 points in 1114 career games. That is outstanding offensive production for someone who was so good defensively. He played in that many games for a reason.
Seabrook took his elite game into the playoffs as well. He had 20 goals and 39 assists for 59 points in 123 playoff games. He got better once the postseason rolled around which was a big reason that they won three championships.
He never won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs but that is what happens sometimes when you play on the same team as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Duncan Keith. There is no doubt that they would have won nothing without him. He made some huge plays.
Brent Seabrook will use his Blackhawks experience to help him going forward.
Now, after retirement, he has a new hockey home which was announced last week. He is back with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL as the Player Development Coach. He had a stint with them as a replacement assistant coach last season so he knows the organization well.
Seabrook is from the Vancouver area as well which is perfect for him and his family in this role with the Giants. After everything he has accomplished in his career, he deserves this opportunity. This could pave the way for him to get back into the NHL as some sort of coach.
It is obvious that this is a guy who is going to help a lot of these kids grow their games. His experience and ability will be great for everyone around him. His value to this Vancouver Giants team right now is going to be tremendous. It is good to see him continue in hockey.Hopefully, he is back involved with the NHL someday.