Seabrook signs five-year, $29M extension with Hawks Staff

2/27/2011 2:25:10 PM

25-year-old defenceman Brent Seabrook will be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks for the foreseeable future.

Seabrook signed a five-year, $29 million contract with the team on Sunday. The cap hit is $5.8 million per season.

"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," said Blackhawks vice-president and general manager Stan Bowman in a statement. "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 has posted four goals and 29 assists in 61 games so far this season.  He was a key member of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning club last season, and he also won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

"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," said Seabrook in a statement. "I'm excited to continue being a part of this group, playing in the United Center and making our fans proud."

The contract will pay Seabrook $5 million per season, with signing bonuses of $2 million due in each of the first two years of the deal. The package also includes a limited no-trade clause.

Now in his fifth NHL season, Seabrook was originally Chicago's first-round choice (14th overall) in the 2003 entry draft.