On this day on June 14, 2017, Stanley Cup champion and former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank joined Head Coach Jeremy Colliton as an assistant coach with the Rockford IceHogs.
He would later reunite with Colliton as an assistant coach with the Blackhawks on Jan. 4, 2019.
Brookbank was in his second season as an assistant coach for the IceHogs when he joined Colliton and the Blackhawks. In Rockford, Brookbank helped guide the IceHogs to a 40-28-4-4 record during the 2017028 season and the team’s first-ever appearance in the Western Conference Finals. Brookbank served behind the bench for Rockford’s postseason run that featured sweeps of both the Chicago Wolves and Manitoba Moose en route to an eventual Conference Finals showdown with the Texas Stars.
Overall, the Lanigan,
Saskatchewan native helped the IceHogs to a record of 55-42-7-8 during
his time on Rockford’s coaching staff.
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.