Alexander DeBrincat (born December 18, 1997) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Blackhawks with the 39th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
DeBrincat with the Otters in 2015.
December 18, 1997|
Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)|
|Position||Right wing / Left wing|
|NHL team||Chicago Blackhawks|
|National team||United States|
39th overall, 2016|
He appeared in his first career OHL game on September 24, 2014, and scored his first goal against Nikita Serebryakov of the Saginaw Spirit in a 7–1 win. On November 7, DeBrincat scored his first career hat trick in a 5–2 win over the Sarnia Sting. In his final regular season game on March 22, DeBrincat scored a goal and added five assists for a six-point game as the Otters defeated the Niagara IceDogs 8–7. DeBrincat finished the season with 51 goals and 104 points in 68 games, and led all OHL rookies in goals, assists and points. In the post-season, he had nine goals and 16 points in 20 games, as the Otters lost to the Oshawa Generals in the J. Ross Robertson Cup finals. DeBrincat won the Emms Family Award, which is awarded to the OHL Rookie of the Year, and was named the CHL Rookie of the Year. DeBrincat also was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team, and the OHL Second All-Star Team.
In 2015 he was named the OHL Player of the Month for March after he tallied 16 goals, seven assists and 23 points in 12 games. He also became the first Otters player to record back-to-back 50-goal seasons and record five hat-tricks in a season.
In the 2016–17 season, DeBrincat led the OHL with a high of 65 goals along with 62 assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-60. In May 2017, he was named the 2016–17 recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy which is awarded to the most outstanding player in the OHL.
After three seasons with the Otters, DeBrincat made the Blackhawks roster out of training camp at the start of the 2017–18 season. He made his NHL debut on October 5, 2017, in a 10–1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. On October 10, DeBrincat scored his first NHL goal in a game against the Montreal Canadiens on goaltender Carey Price.
On November 27, DeBrincat recorded his first NHL hat trick against the Anaheim Ducks making him the second youngest Blackhawks player to score a hat trick, just behind Jeremy Roenick by four days. He scored his second hat trick of the season on January 25, 2018, against the Detroit Red Wings to cinch a 5–1 win in his home state of Michigan. By doing so, he became the youngest Blackhawks player to record two regular season hat tricks in one season, as well as the first rookie to do so since Steve Larmer in the 1982–83 NHL season. DeBrincat recorded his third career hat trick on March 18, 2018, against the St. Louis Blues. With his third hat trick in his rookie season, DeBrincat set a new Blackhawks rookie record and tied Tony Granato for most hat tricks by a U.S born rookie in a season. The following day, DeBrincat became the youngest Blackhawks player to be awarded the Blackhawks Player of the Year Award. He concluded his debut season with 52 points, including a team-high 28 goals.
DeBrincat surpassed his career high in goals, assists, and points during the 2018–19 season. He primarily skated on the Blackhawks' second line alongside with his longtime friend and former Otters' teammate, Dylan Strome, whom the Blackhawks acquired in November. On February 18, 2019, DeBrincat recorded his fourth career hat trick and two assists in a 8–7 win against the Ottawa Senators. This was the first five point night in his career.
On October 3, DeBrincat signed a three year contract extension with the Blackhawks.
|Representing United States|
|World Junior Championships|
DeBrincat was named to Team USA in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland. He was injured in a game against Sweden but recovered quick enough to net a vital goal against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. He ended the tournament with 1 goal in 5 games to help Team USA clinch Bronze.
After the conclusion of his rookie season with the Blackhawks, DeBrincat was named to the Team USA roster to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. He contributed with 9 point in 10 games to help the United States claim the Bronze Medal in Denmark.
DeBrincat attended Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan for one season before transferring to Lake Forest Academy, a school known for their athletics. He has an older brother named Andrew who played hockey for Lake Forest Academy for two seasons before graduating in 2012.
His father, David is Maltese and his mother, Tracey is Canadian.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2013–14||Lake Forest Academy||MPHL||13||16||12||28||16||3||4||2||6||0|
|2013–14||Lake Forest Academy||USHS||50||54||57||111||28||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|Malloy Division All-Star||2014|||
|MPHL Most Goals||2014|||
|Rookie of the Month: September, October, March||2015|||
|First All-Rookie Team||2015|||
|Emms Family Award||2015|||
|Second All-Star Team||2015|||
|CHL Rookie of the Year||2015|||
|CHL Top Prospects Game||2016|||
|Third All-Star Team||2016|||
|First All-Star Team||2017|||
|Red Tilson Trophy||2017|||
|Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy||2017|||
|Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy||2017|||
|Memorial Cup All-Star Team||2017|||
- Lazerus, Mark (October 26, 2017). "Teenager Alex DeBrincat makes his way in the grown-up world of the NHL". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
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- Caples, Michael (May 30, 2015). "Alex DeBrincat named Canadian Hockey League's rookie of the year". mihockey.com. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
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- "DeBrincat first in Otters history with back-to-back 50-goal seasons". ontariohockeyleague.com. March 18, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
- "Blackhawks prospect DeBrincat wins Red Tilson Trophy". National Hockey League. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
- "Alex DeBrincat notches first NHL goal as Blackhawks defeat Canadiens 3-1". Chicago Tribune. October 10, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
- Lazerus, Mark (November 27, 2017). "Cat trick: DeBrincat scores three goals as Blackhawks destroy Ducks". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
- Hine, Chris (November 27, 2017). "Alex DeBrincat nets hat trick as Blackhawks top Ducks 7-3". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- Hogg, Dave (January 25, 2018). "DeBrincat's hat trick propels Blackhawks past Red Wings". NHL.com. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
- Skrbina, Paul (January 26, 2018). "Alex DeBrincat's real job is putting pucks in the net — and he's back doing it". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
- Roumeliotis, Charlie (March 18, 2018). "Blues defeat Blackhawks in overtime, gain in wild card". NHL.com. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
- Siegel, Austin (March 19, 2018). "DeBrincat becomes youngest Blackhawks Player of the Year Award winner". NHL.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
- Roumeliotis, Charlie (May 14, 2018). "Setting and predicting five early prop bets for Blackhawks in 2018-19". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
- Greenfield, Jimmy (February 8, 2019). "'It's chemistry': Longtime pals Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat rekindle magic with the Blackhawks". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
- "DeBrincat's five points lead Blackhawks to wild win over Sens". TSN.ca. February 18, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
- "DeBrincat agrees to three-year contract extension with Blackhawks". nhl.com. October 3, 2019. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
- McMahon, Mike (January 3, 2016). "DeBrincat Returns to World Junior Lineup". teamusa.usahockey.com. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
- Pascarella, Leah (April 28, 2018). "BLOG: Four Blackhawks named to U.S. National Team". NHL.com. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
- "DeBrincat joins Kane on Team USA's roster". Chicago Blackhawks. April 23, 2019. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
- Narang, Bob (July 5, 2016). "Blackhawks draft former Lake Forest Academy hockey star Alex DeBrincat". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
- "AWARDS - MPHL MALLOY DIVISION ALL-STAR". eliteprospects.com.
- "CAREER HIGHLIGHTS". eliteprospects.com.
- "DeBrincat Named Rookie of the Month". ottershockey.com. March 26, 2015.
- "Zacha & Chychrun named to OHL All-Rookie first team". sarniasting.com. April 8, 2015.
- "Alex DeBrincat – Emms Family Award". ontariohockeyleague.com. June 10, 2015.
- "OHL Announces 2015-16 All-Star Teams". ontariohockeyleague.com. June 2, 2016.
- "Alex DeBrincat Named OHL Rookie of the Year". ottershockey.com. April 8, 2015.
- "2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters". chl.ca. January 7, 2016.
- Dean Plunkett (June 4, 2016). "OHL All-Star Teams Announced". The Hockey Writers.
- "OHL Announces 2016-17 All-Star Teams". ottershockey.com. May 17, 2017.
- "Blackhawks prospect DeBrincat wins Red Tilson Trophy". NHL.com. May 5, 2017.
- "Otters' DeBrincat captures 2016-17 OHL Scoring Title". ottershockey.com. March 23, 2017.
- "Otters' DeBrincat captures 2016-17 OHL Scoring Title". ottershockey.com. March 23, 2017.
- "2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup Awards & All-Stars". mastercardmemorialcup.ca. May 28, 2017.