Sheldon Brookbank spent just two seasons in Milwaukee, but his impact was significant. He helped the Admirals to the Calder Cup finals during his first year in Milwaukee in 2005-2006, where they came up short to the Hersey Bears.
During that playoff run, Brookbank led team defensemen with nine points and eight assists. In the regular season Brookbank paced the club with 232 penalty minutes and was tied for second among team blueliners with 35 points.
“Sheldon was a major contributor for us in his two years in Milwaukee. He played with the drive and determination that good leaders play with and when you watched him play you realized that he would do whatever it took to win,” said former Admirals Head Coach Claude Noel. “His leadership really came through in his second season when we has a steading force on a team that had its ups and downs and I am ecstatic that he has developed into an NHL player."
During his second season as an Admiral, Brookbank was named team captain. He blossomed offensively and finished the year with 15 goals and 38 assists for a total of 53 points which tops in the AHL among blueliners and 3rd among the team’s roster. For his efforts in the 2006-2007 season, Brookbank won the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League's Outstanding Defenseman and was an AHL First Team All-Star as well.
He and Curtis Murphy (03-04) are the only Admirals to ever win AHL defensemen of the year and they also share the top spot for points in a season by an Admiral defenseman since the team joined the AHL in 2001.
Never afraid to stick up for his teammates, Brookbank compiled 408 penalty minutes in just two seasons. This is fourth all-time in Admirals AHL history.
Brookbank’s AHL success led him to a spot in the big show. He most recently signed a 2 year contract in 2012 with the Chicago Blackhawks after spending the last five seasons with the Anaheim Ducks and the New Jersey Devils.
Sheldon Brookbank Photos (Click to enlarge)