Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook ‘feeling great' after three surgeries


Three-time Stanley Cup champion Brent Seabrook joined Eddie Olczyk and Pat Boyle in conjunction with NBC Sports Chicago's "Be Chicago: Together We Can" fundraiser benefitting the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund on Wednesday night.

He answered a few Blackhawks questions in addition to surprising a nurse working in her hospital's COVID-19 unit whose favorite player is Seabrook.

NBC Sports Chicago asked for nominations for frontline heroes, and Stefanie Kirschner was the only person nominated more than once out of 700 entries. Working on the frontline during the pandemic has forced her to stay at a hotel away from her two young daughters to protect them. 

"You're the real hero out there," Seabrook told Kirschner. "You guys are doing a great job in keeping us all safe and healthy and taking care of everybody. It's pretty awesome to hear all the stories that guys you are going through and the stuff you guys have to go through."

The defenseman underwent surgeries on both hips and his right shoulder after being placed on season-ending long-term injured reserve on Dec. 26, 2019. The procedure on his right hip in early February was the final of the three for Seabrook, who's expected to be cleared for full hockey activity in three to four months. 

"I'm feeling great. I'm feeling really good, things are moving in a good direction," the blueliner said during Wednesday's telethon. "I think I saw Dr. (Michael) Terry (Blackhawks' team physician) last week, so hopefully I can get on the ice or even Rollerblade now with the new world we live in, rinks not being open. 

"Parchy (Troy Parchman: Blackhawks equipment manager) is making up some Rollerblades for me, so that will be nice to hopefully get out soon and be able to skate on the streets or however we're going to do that. But I think I've been progressing pretty good and I'm just looking forward to getting back with the team and being able to skate as I'm sure everybody is." 

Like loads of Hawks fans, Brent also tuned in for NBC Sports Chicago's Hawks Rewinds of all the wins from the 2010 playoffs.

"I've been watching. I watched them all," Seabrook said. "I really enjoyed watching the games. I wish you guys would have put on the games we lost too, just to watch some of those. I just want more hockey. I want to watch more hockey. You guys should do the '13 and '15 run as well."

The longtime alternate captain of the Hawks, also like the fans, enjoyed the memories the rewinds provided. 

"It's amazing how much I forget," he said. "I don't know if you take it for granted, but you're just in the moment so much, you're playing the game, the game's over. It's like win or lose, who gives a crap, you're on to the next one. 

"You're always on to the next day, you're always on to the next moment. Watching it back, it was really cool to remember some of the moments, whether they were personal moments or they were the big moments from teammates or just big moments throughout the games."

Seabrook also revealed he and Patrick Kane would text back and forth during the rewinds.

"We'd be laughing about things and talking about things and remembering moments," Seabrook said. "It was really cool to watch it and sort of have a fan's perspective of it and just sit down and have a beer and watch the game."

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