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Brent Seabrook Named Chicago Blackhawks Alternate Captain

By Matt Barbato

Head coach Joel Quenneville announced during Chicago Blackhawks Media Day that Brent Seabrook will be Chicago’s new alternate captain. Seabrook will join Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews as the captains. Seabrook replaces Patrick Sharp, who was traded from the Blackhawks to the Dallas Stars during the offseason purge.

“I’m very honored to wear a letter for the Chicago Blackhawks,” Seabrook said during the press conference. Seabrook said he found out about being named the assistant captain Wednesday night.

Toews gave his teammate a ringing endorsement.

“For many years, he’s been one of those guys that we can look up to and learn from,” Toews said. “He’s been a great friend and a great teammate. We know that won’t change the way he does things, and he’s been a huge part of our locker room and our success on the ice.”

Seabrook is coming off a down season during which he had his lowest point total in a full regular season since the 2009-10 campaign. Seabrook also posted a -3 rating, the first time he had a negative rating since his second professional season.

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There’s no doubt he is a strong leader, although it is underrated. The greatest example of this came during the 2013 playoffs, when Seabrook gave Toews a pep talk after he had taken three consecutive penalties in Game 4 against the Detroit Red Wings. Toews was visibly frustrated, but Seabrook provided relaxing advice and the Hawks went on to comeback down 3-1 in the series.

The move comes at an interesting point in Seabrook’s career, as he is entering a contract season and the downside of 30. Seabrook said he and general manager Stan Bowman have had some talks about an extension.

The Seabrook news was the lone piece of good news during a press conference that revolved around the Patrick Kane saga. Seabrook, 30, was Chicago’s first-round pick in the 2003 draft. He’s played 10 seasons with the Blackhawks and is often viewed as one of the unsung leaders on the roster. He has been a core member of Chicago’s three championships since 2010.

Seabrook is going to be relied upon heavily as a leader and a defender. The Blackhawks no longer have Johnny Oduya and replaced him with a more offensive player in Trevor Daley. Chicago also has plenty of uncertainty at the bottom of the defensive corps in Trevor van Riemsdyk and David Rundblad. These are players Seabrook and Keith need to mentor and help develop during the 2015-16 campaign.

The new assistant captain will have a tough job ahead of him as the Blackhawks try to defend their Stanley Cup championship.

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