Seabrook gets five-year extension

Brent Seabrook (QMI Agency file photo)

Brent Seabrook (QMI Agency file photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:20 PM ET

Canadian Olympian Brent Seabrook won't be leaving the Windy City any time soon.

The Chicago Blackhawks signed the 25-year-old defenceman to a five-year contract extension worth a reported $29 million Sunday. Seabrook's salary averages out to just under $6 million a season, meaning the Blackhawks now have $48 million tied up in just 11 players.

"Brent is a very important member of our organization and we are looking forward to him being part of a core group that will be a contender for many years to come," general manager Stan Bowman said in a press release. "We have been fortunate to have Brent as part of our family since he was a teenager and we are proud to be able to announce this news today."

Seabrook, a former first-round draft pick who played for the Canadian Olympic team that won the gold medal in Vancouver last year, has four goals and 29 assists in 61 games this season. In 452 games over parts of six NHL seasons, Seabrook has 34 goals and 143 assists.

"The Blackhawks are the only organization I've ever played for, and I've been a part of something very special in Chicago over the last six seasons," Seabrook said. "I'm excited to continue being a part of this group, playing in the United Center and making our fans proud."

The Blackhawks now owe 11 players $48 million in salary for the 2011-12 season, with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Ducan Keith, Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell, David Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson all under contract for another three years.


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