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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links: Brent Seabrook Makes History

By Colin Likas
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Brent Seabrook
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Brent Seabrook /

Though Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has taken a large amount of fan abuse recently, but he’s about to make some history

It’s fair to say no one beyond Brent Seabrook and his immediate family is happy with the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman’s contract. That being said, it’d be hard to ignore what Seabrook is about to achieve tonight.

Yes, Seabrook is about to hit 1,000 NHL games, all with the Blackhawks. This is an impressive accomplishment, simply because of how rugged an experience it is to play in the NHL.

And that’s just 1,000 regular-season tilts for Seabrook. He’s long since hit 1,000 overall NHL games, having played in 123 Stanley Cup Playoffs games to date. That number won’t increase this season, but that’s beside the point.

Seabrook was a critical part of three runs to the Stanley Cup. Few could forget his goal against Detroit in Game 7 of the 2013 Western Conference finals. Same goes for his “pep talk” to Jonathan Toews in that series.

His impact on the organization goes beyond that series, of course. But it’s also worth noting Seabrook is not just a contract these days.

I’ll be as quick as anyone to jump on the deal general manager Stan Bowman inked with Seabrook in 2015. And Seabrook has deteriorated in performance from what he once was. But that shouldn’t allow us to overlook what he’s done previously for the organization.

It’s a nice coincidence the Blackhawks are playing at home tonight, as this achievement not be received appropriately on the road. No doubt the Blackhawks will show due respect to Seabrook for his on-ice efforts to date.

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Chicago Blackhawks morning links

— Not everyone is jumping straight to Chicago. The Athletic

— Persistence/your NHL team just isn’t good. NHL.com

— This isn’t why an Los Angeles-based outdoors game is played in a puddle. USA Today

— The young and restless. Chicago Sun-Times

— For all you White Sox fans. Bleacher Report