Blackhawks veteran Brent Seabrook inspires outside the rink with his 10th annual Celebrity ICE Bowl.
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Back in the early 2000s, 18-year-old Brent Seabrook, new to Chicago and the Blackhawks, was playing beach volleyball and asked, “What ocean is this?”
He learned, of course, that it’s a lake—and he still laughs, saying with some residual marvel, “I couldn’t even see the other side.”
Seabrook, his wife and three young children are happily at home in Lakeview, and though he names The Scout, Prosecco and GT Prime as favorite local spots, between his job and family, he says, “It’s a little tough for my wife and I to get out.”
On March 12, Seabrook and other Blackhawks will be out and about, trading their skates for bowling shoes for a good cause: the 10th annual Brent Seabrook Celebrity ICE Bowl at Lucky Strike, an event that will have raised nearly $1,000,000 since 2008 for the Inner-City Education (ICE) Program, which provides need-based academic scholarships as well as hockey equipment plus skating time and spaces to low-income children.
Hockey has been good to Seabrook, and to these kids. “It’s a great sport because it teaches more than just the game: leadership, how to cooperate with others, discipline. Getting more kids out there playing, and giving them that opportunity, makes ICE pretty special.”
The grown-ups on the ice want the Stanley Cup back home, and Seabrook, the veteran of three championship wins for Chicago, prognosticates, saying, “You need a lot of things to go right. The coolest thing is that the older guys are as hungry as ever because they’ve been there before and understand how hard it is. I think we have a team that can compete and get there again this year.”
As for comparing his talents on the lanes to those on the ice, the 32-year-old Seabrook says he doesn’t bowl enough to qualify as good—“but I definitely try not to lose so I don’t get torn apart when I go back to practice.” Tickets from $50, innercityeducation.org
Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATHANAEL FILBERT; STYLING BY KATE LOSCALZO