Three-time Stanley Cup winner Brent Seabrook announced he is unable to continue playing hockey because of injuries. Reports are, it’s a lingering right hip issue that’s keeping the 35-year-old Chicago Blackhawk defenceman from getting back on the ice.
“Not sure it was a decision I made or my body made for me,” Seabrook said in a video news conference. “I told my body to screw off for 15 years and it finally turned around and said, ‘I’m not going to do it anymore.’”
The 6-foot-3 Seabrook was a key player and leader for Chicago for more than a decade. He had 103 goals and 361 assists in 1,114 games, plus 20 goals and 39 assists in 123 playoff appearances — all with the Blackhawks after they selected him 14th overall in the 2003 draft.
Seabrook is owed $15.5 million over the next three seasons before his contract expires. NHL rules allow Chicago to keep him and pay him without his $6.875 million salary-cap hit counting against the team’s spending up to the $81.5 million limit.