Coach Seabrook, Davidson Talks About His Health (and Lots of Other Updates), US vs Canada for Gold, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Coach Seabrook, Davidson Talks About His Health (and Lots of Other Updates), US vs Canada for Gold, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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The calm before the storm. This is the final Sunday without NFL football until mid-February, and it’s also Labor Day weekend so let’s jump into some news and notes of interest for Blackhawks fans. A couple tweets from a team in Vancouver caught out eye.

  • On Saturday, the Vancouver Giants (WHL) announced former Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has joined their coaching staff officially. Seabs has been named their Player Development Coach.
  • Seabrook, 37, spent some time behind the bench with the Giants last year. Their coach, Michael Dyck, was coaching at the World Juniors (before the COVID postponement) so Seabrook helped assistant Keith McCambridge.
  • We love seeing Seabrook back on the ice working with the next generation. The Giants are lucky to have a three-time Stanley Cup Champion helping their prospects learn what it takes to be a great NHL player.
  • Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson spoke with Ben Pope at the Chicago Sun-Times and covered a lot of ground.
  • The bulk of Pope’s terrific article focuses on Davidson’s health. He was born with a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) and has had multiple open-heart surgeries. Pope does a really nice job of painting the picture of how Davidson has to try to balance the desire/perceived need to work 24/7 as an NHL general manager with the need to take a step back and make sure he’s pacing himself.
  • Pope asked Davidson about Jack Johnson‘s impact on blue line prospects like Alex Vlasic, Alec Regula and Ian Mitchell getting a crack at the NHL. Johnson is the sixth veteran defenseman signed for the coming season, which would seem to complicate the opportunity for younger players who might be ready for a more significant NHL role. “They have to earn their spot, and we believe they’re going to put their best foot forward,” Davidson told Pope.
  • Veteran forward Jujhar Khaira is still TBD for training camp and the start of the season after having back surgery end his 2021-22 season prematurely. And, according to Davidson, Khaira is one of a few players from whom the Blackhawks are waiting for health updates. Connor Murphy also ended the season on IR.
  • Forwards Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk were on Canada’s 2017-18 World Juniors that has been the focus of an investigation by both Hockey Canada and the NHL in the wake of sexual assault allegations against eight players from that team being brought back to light. Davidson said the Blackhawks have been in communication with the league about the investigation and were deferring to the league’s process.
  • Some lucky Kingston fans got a chance to pick up an autograph from Blackhawks’ prospect Paul Ludwinski this weekend. Yeah, they might have been there to meet Shane Wright but Ludwinski’s signature is still a nice one to add to the collection.
  • We love questions on Twitter that have easy answers.
  • The US & Canada will renew their rivalry in the gold medal game at the Women’s World Championships at 12:30 PM CT on NHL Network.
  • Finally, we love prospects succeeding. And getting postseason experience. So when a minor league team clinches a playoff berth, we’re all-in.

Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab