Numerous injuries that were just too much for the defenseman to overcome has led to a decision today by Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks. The blueliner will stop playing in the NHL and essentially, he has announced that he is retiring from professional hockey.
Seabrook met with the media and released a statement on Friday, but important to note is that the word “retire” is never actually used. Instead, for cap reasons, Seabrook will be moved to LTIR as he has three years remaining on his current contract, money that will only partially come off the Blackhawks books.
He said he shared the news with Duncan Keith after Sunday’s game, calling Keith his best friend and saying, “He’s been attached to me like he’s wearing a leash. … He’s come over a few times and just sit there. It’s been emotional.”
Seabrook said in his statement:
“I am so proud to have played my entire 15-year National Hockey League career in Chicago with the Blackhawks. It was an honor to play the game that I love, with teammates I love, in front of fans I love, in a city that my family and I have grown to love. After several surgeries, countless hours of rehab and training to get back on the ice at the level of my expectations, it will not be possible for me to continue playing hockey. This is what is best for me and my family. The love and support of my wife, Dayna, and my kids, Carter, Kenzie and Dylan has meant everything to me. My parents, Gary and Suzanne, and my brother Keith, have been behind me every step of the way and are my foundation.
Physician Details When Everyone Finally Knew
In a separate statement, team physician Dr. Michael Terry explains that a three-month period of Seabrook undergoing tests and successful surgeries on both his hips and right shoulder should have given him a chance to play again if anything was going to. But, it wasn’t enough.
Terry says a long-term issue with his right hip tis preventing him from playing professional hockey. Everyone has come to realize that nothing is working well enough for him to be a professional athlete. Seabrook noted that he has basically no cartilage in his right hip. “I told my body to screw off for 15 years, it finally turned around said, well, I’m not gonna do it anymore.”
Over 1,114 career regular season games, Seabrook totaled 464 points, topping out at a 14-goal 49-point campaign in 2015-16.
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