In His Words: Brent Seabrook Details His Decision To Retire

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In His Words: Brent Seabrook Details His Decision To Retire

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Brent Seabrook gave everything to the Chicago Blackhawks for 15 years. Everything including his body. After announcing his retirement on Friday morning, Seabrook met with the media to talk about his decision and what went on with him over the past year since his surgeries.

For 15 seasons, Seabrook was a physical player and a dependable one. He finishes his career with the third-most games played for the Blackhawks, behind only Duncan Keith and Stan Mikita. He played in over 90 percent of all games during a season for the Blackhawks in 13 of his 15 NHL seasons, with only his 2005-06 rookie year (69 games) and his final season in 2019-20 (32 games) being under that mark. He played a full 82-game season eight times in his career with the Blackhawks.

Taking hits, blocking shots, and the ability to play through pain is revered in hockey. Seabrook was the ultimate embodiment of putting his body on the line for the betterment of the team. It finally caught up to him in the past two seasons. Seabrook was slower on the ice and wasn’t able to move like he used to, which even then he wasn’t the most fleet of foot player. He pushed off having necessary surgeries until last winter, when he had procedures on his shoulder and both hips.

Seabrook was skating over the summer with the Blackhawks before they headed into the postseason bubble in Edmonton, but did not join the team at that time for the playoffs. He was skating again prior to the beginning of training camp in early January, before a back injury derailed his comeback to the Blackhawks. On Friday, he and team doctor Dr. Michael Terry, announced that a recurring issue with his right hip was the reason for his retirement decision.

It’s tough to see a player that means so much to the organization and the fans have to call it a career before he was ready to. Ultimately, he has to do what is right for his long-term health and the future of his family. A decision a lot of athletes sometimes make too late in their careers.

After 15 seasons with the Blackhawks, Seabrook is regarded as one of the all-time greats to wear the Red and Black. He finishes his career with three Stanley Cup championships and is the all-time leader in postseason goals scored by defensemen in Blackhawks history. We talk a lot about number retirements, but I think there’s a very strong case to put No. 7 up into the United Center rafters in honor of both Brent Seabrook and Chris Chelios. It seems like the right thing to do.

It’s unknown what the future looks like for Seabrook. He says he wants to be involved in the Blackhawks organization and I would think that the Blackhawks would love to have him around as an ambassador for the team, or even in a higher position down the line. If there’s one thing we know about the organization, it’s that they love to keep their loyalties to the players who brought them success.

I have no doubts Seabrook will be hanging around the Blackhawks for a long time.

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.