It was announced yesterday that defenseman Brent Seabrook would finally be wearing an “A” on his chest this upcoming season for the Blackhawks. With the vacancy left by Patrick Sharp, Seabrook was an obvious choice for the coaching staff, as he has consistently put up big numbers for the hockey club.
In the 2014-2015 postseason alone, Seabrook played in 23 games and had 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) and an average on-ice time of 26:17. He was one of only 4 veteran D-men actually skating in the playoffs as Michal Rozsival went down with an ankle injury in the series against the Minnesota Wild. With the extra minutes he was forced to play, Seabrook showed just how much of an asset he was, contributing big goals and big minutes when the team needed him most. He scored numerous game winners throughout the playoffs and helped lead the Hawks to their third cup in six seasons.
He is also looking to get quite the contract extension as he and his agent are in talks with GM Stan Bowman about staying in Chicago for another 6-7 seasons, granted the deal goes through. And here’s hoping that it does. If Chicago is looking to keep up their status as top dogs in this league, they are going to need someone with Seabrook’s experience to lead the team deep into next year’s playoffs.
Alongside Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews, Seabrook continually proves to Blackhawks’ fans that he deserves to be a leader of this team and wear the symbolic letter that comes with it.