The Chicago Blackhawks added a hard-nosed blueliner to the organization on Sunday, agreeing to terms with defenseman Sheldon Brookbank on a two-year deal on the first day of free agency. As a warm--actually more of an extremely hot--Chicago welcome, the Blackhawks Blog brings you The Friday Five: Brookbank Edition. Here are five fun facts about the Blackhawks' newest defenseman.
1. In 2007 Brookbank won the Eddie Shore Trophy as the AHL’s Outstanding Defenseman.
The blueliner took home the top defensive award the same year he was named to the AHL’s All-Star team, leading all AHL defensemen in scoring and setting career highs in goals (15), assists (38), points (53) and appearances (78). Brookbank played in the league’s All-Star Classic where he collected two points (G, A).
2. At the end of the 2011-12 campaign, Brookbank led all Anaheim defensemen with a +14 plus/minus rating.
During that season, the defenseman totaled 120 hits and 110 blocked shots. To date, Brookbank has totaled 400 PIM in his six-year NHL career. The physical defenseman recorded a season-high four hits in his 100th game as a Duck on October 15, 2010, against Atlanta.
3. In 1997, young Sheldon won the Mac’s World Invitational AAA Midget Hockey Tournament.
Brookbank lists the tournament winner with his team, the Saskatoon Contacts, as one of his greatest hockey accomplishments. Well, that and making it to the NHL.
4. If you have a question about bees or honey, Brookbank is your man.
As a kid, Sheldon worked on a honeybee farm where he extracted, moved, and loaded boxes.
5. Sheldon is the second Brookbank to join the Blackhawks organization.
His brother Wade joined the club’s AHL affiliate in Rockford in 2010-11, and played 17 games for the IceHogs last season. Sheldon said his brother was involved in his decision to come to Chicago.