Hitmen lure Seabrook

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

Ancient Roman politician Cato the Elder is credited with first saying 'Patience is the greatest of all virtues.'

Count Kelly Kisio as one of his followers.

The Calgary Hitmen GM/head coach has waited four years to see Keith Seabrook ply his trade at the Saddledome.

The wait paid off yesterday when Kisio announced Seabrook, selected in the sixth round of the 2003 Bantam Draft, will play for the Hitmen this season.

He played in the NCAA last season at the University of Denver.

"When we drafted him, we thought Keith would come to the Western League," Kisio said of the Washington Capitals second rounder.

"We thought he had a chance to get better and be a good player. He's a bit of a late bloomer."

The 6-ft., 198-pounder will immediately be compared to his older brother, current Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Brent, who starred with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

"He shoots and handles the puck like his brother," Kisio said. "He's just not as big. But he's about 200 pounds, and he's a strong kid.

"I think he'll be real good on the powerplay for us."

Seabrook, from Delta, B.C., said he's looking forward to playing alongside another B.C. product, Karl Alzner.

"I played with him when we were younger, with the Pacific Vipers," said Seabrook, who turns 19 Thursday.

"I can't wait to get back together with him this year and do some good things."

Alzner, coincidentally, is also a Capitals prospect after they selected the Burnaby blueliner fifth overall last month.

Seabrook said the motivating factor to move to the WHL was his desire to play more games than the NCAA schedule allows.

"I've always been interested in the Canadian, pro-style of hockey," he said.

"My brother went through it and told me all about it. And Calgary has always been really supportive, even when I went to the NCAA.

"I wanted to get in some more games and Calgary was the only place I wanted to go in the WHL."


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