Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2010, 14

Brent Seabrook took the Stanley Cup to the Delta Police Station.
Brent Seabrook took the Stanley Cup to the Delta Police Station. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
The Stanley Cup's campaign in British Columbia continued on Friday, July 16. The strange irony is that this was the Cup's third day in the Vancouver area, registering for duty with members of the champion Chicago Blackhawks, but for a third straight day, the Cup is going to a player who played with the Pacific Vipers.

Colin Fraser, who had the Cup on July 14, and Troy Brouwer, who enjoyed his day on July 15, both played with Seabrook on the Vipers as teenagers. "Brouwer, (Andrew) Ladd and I played together since we were 9 years old," he recalled. "And I still remember playing for the Vipers in Edmonton in the Brick Tournament against (Dustin) Byfuglien and Fraser. We were a pretty dominant team."

Brent Seabrook and the Stanley Cup with members of the Delta Fire and Rescue team.
Brent Seabrook and the Stanley Cup with members of the Delta Fire and Rescue team. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Brent Seabrook was drafted by Chicago in the first round, 14th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft after helping Canada collect the gold medal at the World U-18 Championship. In the next two seasons, while a member of the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL, Seabrook continued his winning ways, winning silver at the World Junior Championship in 2004 and gold in 2005.

Brent turned pro with the Hawks in 2005-06, and has quickly asserted himself as a dependable defender, especially strong in his own end. Partnered with Duncan Keith, the tandem formed such a formidable duo that Team Canada named both players to its 2010 Winter Olympics roster, where they collected the gold medal. It was an extraordinary accomplishment for Brent, who had played for Canada at every major International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) event: U-18, World Juniors, the World Championship and then, the Olympics.

Brent Seabrook and the Stanley Cup visited the Delta Hospital.
Brent Seabrook and the Stanley Cup visited the Delta Hospital. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Brent had planned a fully-packed day for the lower mainland of B.C. on July 16 and wanted to start early, but when the Stanley Cup arrived at 7:30 that morning, he was still sleeping. When his heavy eyelids finally opened, he was confronted with people ready to follow his every move that day, as well as the Stanley Cup. Nothing will get a guy out of bed faster!

With his dogs Stanley and Knox in tow, Brent was joined by his girlfriend Dayna for spectacular photos by the pool, which overlooks the magnificent Pacific Ocean.

For the next several hours, Seabrook made a quick succession of visits with the Stanley Cup. He first visited a Tsawwassen neighbour, Ron Toigo, the majority owner of the Vancouver Giants, a junior franchise in the Western Hockey League. Then, it was over to South Delta Secondary School for a peek in at his alma mater's summer program. A stop at the Delta Police Station with Chief Jim Cessford was followed by a visit to Chief Dan Copeland at the Delta Fire Hall. The next stop was at Delta Hospital, where patients got the thrill of their life by being able to see the Stanley Cup up close and personal, courtesy of a local boy made very good.

Bring the Cup home wouldn't be complete without a visit to where he hones his trade, so Brent made certain to visit the Delta Recreation Centre where he had played hockey and lacrosse as a kid. Inside were some minor hockey players beating the heat, and Seabrook took the time to shake hands with every single one of them.

Brent Seabrook and the Stanley Cup visiting with young kids at the Delta Recreation Centre.
Brent Seabrook and the Stanley Cup visiting with young kids at the Delta Recreation Centre. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
At the rec centre, Delta mayor Lois Jackson greeted Seabrook, and said, "This has been a dream for so many Canadian children, and we have seen that dream realized in our community for Brent. These are the reasons we work so hard with the young people – to make certain they grow into successful adults. This is the accomplishment of a lifetime, for Brent, his family and this community."

Since the Hawks copped the Cup in June, Brent had been looking forward to getting together with his roller hockey buddies, but instead of playing for the Pilsener Cup as usual, this time, the Stanley Cup would be on the line.

The boys play twice a week through the summer. This day's tournament would be a best of seven, with the winning team in each game being the first to five goals. Brent's team won, four games to two (the same number of games the Hawks needed to capture the Stanley Cup). The winning team got bragging rights, but every player got an individual piucture with the Stanley Cup, and then both teams had photos taken.

The day concluded with a party for 250 at the Delta Golf Club. There, Brent had the Stanley Cup and was sporting his gold medal, and invitees took advantage by getting pictures with the Stanley Cup and Olympic champion. Proceeds from sale of the photos was directed to Delta Hospital and the Delta Life Skills Society, which provides children with a wide range of challenges with a summertime program to help them develop life skills.

Brent Seabrook and the Stanley Cup were greeted by fans and Delta mayor Lois Jackson at the rec centre.
Brent Seabrook and the Stanley Cup were greeted by fans and Delta mayor Lois Jackson at the rec centre.
(Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Reflecting on his day, Brent was astonished at magnetic lure of the Stanley Cup. "Everybody wants to see it; everybody wants to be around it. It was always a dream as a kid (for me) and I always dreamed of scoring the winning goal in my driveway, as I'm sure a million other kids do."

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On Friday, the Stanley Cup Journal takes us to Penticton, B.C., where we'll look in on Norris Trophy winner, Duncan Keith. See you then!









Brent Seabrook sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup and his Olympic Gold Medal from Vancouver. Brent Seabrook and his girlfriend Dayna sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup.
Brent Seabrook sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup and his Olympic Gold Medal from Vancouver. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame) Brent Seabrook and his girlfriend Dayna sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)

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Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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