Brent Seabrook is heading back to junior hockey. The three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks will join the Vancouver Giants on an interim basis as a volunteer assistant coach, the WHL club announced Wednesday.
Seabrook will be behind the bench while Vancouver head coach Michael Dyck is with the Canadian national team at the 2022 World Junior Championships. The tournament begins Dec. 26 and runs through Jan. 5, 2022, in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.
“I’m grateful to the Vancouver Giants ownership, management staff, and the Tampa Bay Lightning for allowing me this opportunity to give back to the game and to help out while Michael Dyck goes for Gold,” Seabrook said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to being part of the great culture the Giants have created and I can’t wait to get started.”
During his tenure with the Giants, Seabrook will get a first-hand look at Blackhawks prospect Colton Dach, who plays for the Kelowna Rockets. Dach is the younger brother of Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach, who lived with Seabrook's family in Chicago.
The Blackhawks traded Seabrook to the Lightning for forward Tyler Johnson and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft in July. Seabrook said in March that he was ending his playing career because of a right hip injury. His eight-year contract, with an annual average value of $6.875 million, runs through the 2023-24 season.
Selected in the first round (No. 11) of the 2003 NHL Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL, Seabrook scored 464 points (103 goals, 316 assists). He played in 1,114 NHL games for the Blackhawks, third in team history behind forward Stan Mikita (1,396) and defenseman Duncan Keith (1,163).