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.
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.