The Chicago Blackhawks named Sheldon Brookbank an Assistant Coach on Jan. 4, 2019. Prior to joining Chicago, Brookbank was in his second season as Assistant Coach for the IceHogs.
As a member of Jeremy Colliton's staff in Rockford in 2017-18, Brookbank helped the IceHogs to a 40-28-4-4 record and their first-ever 2018 AHL Western Conference Finals after sweeping Chicago in the Division Semifinals and sweeping Manitoba in the Division Finals before losing to Texas, 4-2. The 2017-18 season marked his first coaching professional hockey.Prior to his coaching career, Brookbank helped the Blackhawks to the 2013 Stanley Cup and appeared in 74 games across two seasons (2012-14) with Chicago, notching eight points (3G, 5A). He spent parts of eight seasons in the National Hockey League, compiling 44 points (7G, 37A) and 473 penalty minutes in 351 career games with the Nashville Predators (2006-07), New Jersey Devils (2007-09), Anaheim Ducks (2009-12) and Blackhawks. The Lanigan, Saskatchewan, native finished his professional career in 2016-17 with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters, where he registered one assist.
Brookbank compiled 126 points and 972 penalty minutes during 367 career AHL contests spanning parts of eight seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins (2001-03), Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (2003-05), Milwaukee Admirals (2005-07), Lowell Devils (2007-08) and Cleveland. He won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL's best defenseman during the 2006-07 season with Milwaukee. He also spent one season in the Kontinental Hockey League with Ak Bars Kazan in 2014-15 and the following season with Lukko Rauma in Finland's Liiga.