Born April 20, 1985 (age 26) in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada
Defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks
Let’s look at the guy who made his comeback during the last half of the Blackhawks’ Circus Trip, shall we? Seabs started out playing minor hockey on a team with some future Blackhawks teammates – Colin Fraser (now with the Los Angeles Kings), Troy Brouwer (now with the Washington Capitals) and Andrew Ladd (now with They Who Must Not Be Named). From there he moved to the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes, where he played with another future Blackhawks teammate, Kris Versteeg (now with the Florida Panthers). He was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2003, and after his fourth and last season with the Hurricanes, he went to the Norfolk Admirals to play three games with them. When he made the Blackhawks roster for the 2005-06 season, he recorded 32 points; by his third season, he matched that and became half of the top defensive pair along with Duncan Keith.
By 2009 he helped the Hawks make it to the Western Conference Finals before they were eliminated by Detroit, and of course we know of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals – he was on the ice when Patrick Kane made the now-famous goal in overtime. And that Stanley Cup looks good alongside the gold medals he’s won for Canada in the U18 Championships, World Juniors and the Vancouver Olympics. Last season had him at 48 points and even saw him become an alternate captain while Jonathan Toews nursed an upper-body injury, and I clearly remember the nasty hit he took from Raffi Torres in the first round of the playoffs. But that’s in the past, because he has a five-year contract extension under his belt, and his only goal so far this season was the game-winning goal against Calgary at home on November 11. The season’s still young, he’ll have more.
By the way, his younger brother Keith is in the Florida Panthers system, currently playing with their AHL team in San Antonio. When he makes the team, the game between the Cats and the Hawks will be all kinds of awkward.
Seabs is a big sweetie off the ice. Every year he hosts the IceBowl, a charity bowling event that features his teammates trying to bowl (seriously, it’s hilarious). The proceeds from that event go to giving inner-city kids in Chicago the chance to play hockey by providing equipment. And according to fellow Blackhawks fans, he just recently got engaged! Mazel tov, Seabs!