Brent Seabrook At 1,000

Playing in 1,000 games in the NHL is a special achievement.

Doing it for one franchise is rare.

Doing it for the Chicago Blackhawks is truly remarkable. Especially considering the state of the Blackhawks when Brent Seabrook arrived.

Seabrook will become only the fifth player to appear in 1,000 games wearing the Indian head. Stan Mikita (1,396), Bobby Hull (1,036), Eric Nesterenko (1,013) and Bob Murray (1,008) are the other four. Only two of those players – Mikita and Murray – was a Blackhawk in every game of their NHL career.

Seabrook will also become just the fifth active player to skate in 1,000 games. He joins Patrick Marleau, Dustin Brown, Henrik Sedin and Eric Staal in that exclusive company. Two of the other four – Brown and Staal – were also members of the historic 2003 NHL Draft class that produced franchise-changing players for many organizations.

Brent Seabrook in 2003

Seabrook should absolutely be considered one of the catalysts that changed the culture in Chicago from a dumpster fire playing in front of 5,000 people to a nightly packed house and three new banners.

Before anyone offers the piping hot take that his contract is taking the team back to the cellar, keep it. There is no question that Brent Seabrook has been one of the best, most impactful defensemen in the history of the CHicago Blackhawks.

We’ve watched him play a role in Canada winning gold in the Olympics.

We’ve watched him talk his captain off the ledge during a tough stretch during the playoffs.

We’ve watched him grow up, from a 20-year-old kid in 2005 to the three-time champion he is today.

Some day, the number seven will likely hang from the rafters at the United Center – something Chelios haters never wanted to consider possible. But it will be because of the contributions of Brent Seabrook.

And so here’s a tip of the cap and a raise of a beer to one of the all-time greats.

23 thoughts on “Brent Seabrook At 1,000

  1. Nice article. Much respect to Brent Seabrook! Definitely a cornerstone of this organization as we have come to know it. His number 7 should someday hang in the UC.

  2. I love that Olympic picture-it’s hold so much promise which was fulfilled.
    One of my favourite players. He’s giving it his best, but we all slip a little.

    “Better three hours too soon, that one minute too late”–the three of them grabbed it when they could.

  3. Good to see Seabrook getting the respect he deserves. It was geat watching alot if his 1000 regular season games and his 100+ playoff games too that also have great memories as well. One of best Blackhawks of alltime.

  4. The guy is an absolute winner. Seabrook’s playoff performances are legendary. His OT winners against Detroit and Nashville were my favorites.

  5. Nice tribute, Tab. Seabrook is a class act and a leader. One of the best to ever lace up the skates for the Hawks.

  6. Love those playoff OT goals.

    Never forget his OT winner in the 6-5 comeback victory against Calgary, a game we were losing 5-0. I think back in 2009. It was a harbinger of good things to come.

    At his best, Seabs combined leadership, size, physicality, and scoring ability / skill like few defensemen in the NHL ever could.

  7. Great job on the 1000 games, but he is a shell of the man he used to be. He is now a bum constantly getting burned, cannot hold onto his stick, out of postion and really doesn’t care. Sorry to crush the love fest, but let’s get real he’s a liability! When is someone in the media going to ask what the hell is wrong with you. I hope I eat my words and he proves me wrong next year.

  8. love this, Tab.
    Seabs’ 7 deserves to be up in the rafters for sure, but not before our fave 28 Larmer. (Had to get that in there) ;)

  9. Seabrook………..you can beat him up all you want but the guy guided this team to 3 Stanley Cups………count them………3!!

    A class act on and off the ice. A true leader who has only missed 15 games in his career!! The man may have lost a step but he is truly a future HALL OF FAMER!!

    Thank you #7!!

  10. Great write up Tab. Hate that he has been trashed here. One of my favorite Hawks of all time. Physical, vocal and dependable. This guy has so many intangibles that even with the slip in play, the guy still adds a ton to any roster. Theee cups without 7, wakey, wakey bashers

  11. @Steve, The man is a class act and was a huge part of brining three cups to this team and fan base. I’m old enough to have seen Hull and Makita actually play at the stadium. I’ll take the three cups and appreciate the opportunity to have seen him play.

  12. Seabrook always elevated his game when it mattered. He has been as much a part of the last 10 years as anyone and he did a lot of the heavy lifting especially considering how short the bench got for defenseman in our cup runs. Champion.

    Good test for Sikura tonight. Getting to the Jets net comes at a price. He’s slippery though. Hope he does well. Let’s see if they give him the Matt Carey solo lap to get things going.

  13. @Steve stick your comments up your ASS. Seabs been a great player and given proper minutes can still be valuable. We need younger D to pick up those extra minutes from Seabs and Keith.

  14. Congrats Seabs! Enjoyed the tribute video a seeing his path to 1000 games! Seabs was a top pair impact player that most dreams dream about in the draft and a fringe HOF player early in his career Congrats on 1000 games! At least we have 7 more seasons to enjoy his game!

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