Chicago Blackhawks Defenseman Retires Due To Injury
Tough news out of Chicago. Three time Stanley Cup champion Brent Seabrook has announced his retirement after 15 NHL seasons.
Seabrook had hip surgery in the off season in hopes to get back on the ice but unfortunately his body will not let him do the things he needs to do in order to play professional hockey.
Brent Seabrook was and always will be a Chicago legend, he played all 15 of his NHL seasons with the Blackhawks after being drafted in the first round of the 2003 NHL draft. Seabrook ends his career with 103 goals, 361 assists for 464 points in 1114 NHL games.
Through his success with the Blackhawks organization he also played in 123 playoff games and has 59 career playoff points, helping to bring three Stanley Cup championships to the hawks organization.
Here is what the Blackhawks team physician had to say:
“Over a three-month period from December 2019 to February 2020, Brent underwent successful surgeries on both of his hips and his right shoulder. He has worked extremely hard to recover from those surgeries but has a long-term issue with his right hip that is preventing him from playing professional hockey. We have tried all available conservative treatments, and nothing has worked well enough for him to live life as an athlete. We support his decision to prioritize his long-term physical health.”
Here is Brent Seabrook’s full statement:
“I am so proud to have played my entire 15-year National Hockey League career in Chicago with the Blackhawks. It was an honor to play the game that I love, with teammates I love, in front of fans I love, in a city that my family and I have grown to love. After several surgeries, countless hours of rehab and training to get back on the ice at the level of my expectations, it will not be possible for me to continue playing hockey. This is what is best for me and my family. The love and support of my wife, Dayna, and my kids, Carter, Kenzie and Dylan has meant everything to me. My parents, Gary and Suzanne, and my brother Keith, have been behind me every step of the way and are my foundation.
I want to thank the Blackhawks organization – including the Wirtz Family, Rocky and Danny Wirtz, Stan Bowman and Jeremy Colliton – who have been very supportive throughout this process. I’m thankful for all that the Blackhawks have done for me and my career. This organization drafted me as an 18-year-old kid out of western Canada and this team became my family away from home. In addition, I’m thankful for the Blackhawks medical and training staff for always putting me in the best position to succeed on the ice. Over the past 15 years, I’ve played with and for some incredible teammates and coaches. I thank each and every one of you. It was an honor to wear the Blackhawks sweater and go to battle with you night in and night out. I loved being your teammate.
Lastly, to the great fans of the Chicago Blackhawks, thank you. I sacrificed everything for this team in our quest to lift three Stanley Cups and gave it everything I had for you. I couldn’t have asked for a better fan base to play for. You, more than anyone, kept me honest and always pushed me to be better – while also cheering me as your All-Star and Champion. Lifting the Stanley Cup in 2015 in front of all the fans at the United Center will be a memory I’ll never forget. You have truly made Chicago a second home. My family and I will be forever grateful for your love and support and I look forward to always having a special connection with you the fans. I will always be a Blackhawk.”
We wish him all the best in his retirement!
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 5, 2021
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