The Chicago Blackhawks
have agreed to a five-year contract extension with defenseman Brent Seabrook
"Brent is a very important member of our organization and we are looking forward to him being part of a core group that will be a contender for many years to come, Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman said. “We have been fortunate to have Brent as part of our family since he was a teenager and we are proud to be able to announce this news today."
Seabrook, 25, ranks 13th in Blackhawks franchise history among defenseman, and second among all active Blackhawks, with 452 regular-season games played over parts of six National Hockey League seasons. He has registered 143 assists, 13th all-time by a Blackhawks blueliner, and 177 points, 16th among Chicago defensemen, since his NHL debut in 2005. He has also paced club defensemen in hits in each of the last four campaigns.
“The Blackhawks are the only organization I’ve ever played for, and I’ve been a part of something very special in Chicago over the last six seasons,” said Seabrook. “I’m excited to continue being a part of this group, playing in the United Center and making our fans proud.”
Originally selected by the Blackhawks with the 14th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Seabrook netted a career-high four goals and added seven assists in 22 postseason contests while helping Chicago to the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship. He ranked ninth in the Playoffs with a +9 plus/minus rating and ranked second in the NHL with 81 hits. Seabrook’s 23 career postseason points (5G, 18A) share eighth in franchise history for a defenseman despite just 39 games played over the last two years.
A native of Tsawassen, British Columbia, Seabrook notched one assist and a +2 plus/minus rating en route to a Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. He also represented his country at the 2006 World Championships, 2004 & 2005 World Junior Championships, and 2003 World U-18 Championships.
Seabrook currently ranks third on the Blackhawks with a career-high 29 assists, and shares fifth with a career-best 33 points, both tops among club blueliners. He ranks 17th in the NHL this season with an average of 24:27 of ice time per game and currently ranks fourth among league defensemen with 169 hits.