Chicago Blackhawks defensive unit is taking a big hit. The team announced on Friday that defensemen Calvin de Haan and Brent Seabrook were placed on long term injured list and will be out for the season.
De Haan suffered a shoulder injury against Vegas Golden Knights in early December and hasn’t played since. He underwent surgery on Friday.
Seabrook also had a procedure on his shoulder on Friday and is scheduled to have hip surgeries in the following months as well. The 34-year-old hasn’t played since December 15th.
“From the (coaching) perspective, we’re focused on the players we have and find a way to get it done,” said Chicago’s head coach Jeremy Colliton. “But of course those guys are really big parts of the group, both on and off the ice. A lot of leadership and solid, dependable-type players, which, of course, we’re going to miss.”
Calvin de Haan joined the Blackhawks in the summer, as part of the trade that sent Gustav Forsling and Anton Forsberg to Carolina Hurricanes. He contributed with one goal and five assists in 29 games he played this season.
Brent Seabrook, on the other hand, has been with the Blackhawks his entire career. Seabrook was part of the team that won three Stanley Cups in the first part of the 2010s. He played 32 games this season, scoring three goals and dishing one assist.