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Alex DeBrincat
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Born December 18, 1997 (1997-12-18) (age 21)
Farmington Hills, Michigan
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Right
OHL team Erie Otters
NHL Draft 39th overall, 2016
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career TBD–present

Alex DeBrincat (born Alexander DeBrincat on December 18, 1997) is an American ice hockey player who currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL)

He was selected as the 39th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Blackhawks.

Playing CareerEdit

JuniorEdit

Prior to his career in the OHL, Alex spent two years playing high school hockey at Lake Forest Academy where he had 54 goals & 111 points in 50 games. He also played for Victory Honda's youth program.

On April 29, 2014, he signed with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League as a free agent and would join the club for the 2014–15 season. 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, 2014, Alex scored his first career hat trick in a 5-2 win over the Sarnia Sting. In his final regular season game on March 22, he scored a goal and added five assists for a six-point game as the Otters defeated the Niagara IceDogs 8-7.

Alex finished the season with 51 goals and 104 points in 68 games, and led all OHL rookies in goals, assists and points. In the postseason, 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.

He won the Emms Family Award (which is awarded to the OHL Rookie of the Year) and was named the CHL Rookie of the Year. He also was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team, and the OHL Second All-Star Team.

In the 2016-17 season, Alex led the OHL in scoring with 65 goals and added 62 assists in 63 regular-season games. He matched a league record with a 19-game goal-scoring streak, becoming the first American-born player to reach the 50-goal mark in three consecutive OHL seasons.

He is also the Erie Otters' all-time leading goal-scorer and the top American goal scorer in OHL history.

In May of 2017, Alex was named the 2016-17 recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy which is awarded to the most outstanding player in the OHL.

ProfessionalEdit

After playing for three seasons with the Otters, Alex made the Blackhawks 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, 2017, he scored his first NHL goal in a game against the Montreal Canadiens on goaltender Carey Price.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 Erie Otters OHL 68 51 53 104 73 20 9 7 16 26
2015–16 Erie Otters OHL 60 51 50 101 28 13 8 11 19 13
2016–17 Erie Otters OHL 63 65 62 127 49 2 1 5 6 0
OHL totals 191 167 165 332 150 35 18 2341 39

AccoladesEdit

  • Emms Family Award (awarded to the OHL Rookie of the Year)
  • CHL Rookie of the Year
  • Named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team and the OHL Second All-Star Team.
  • Red Tilson Trophy (2017)

Personal LifeEdit

Alex's family has lived in Farmington Hills, Michigan for his entire life. His brother, Andrew plays hockey at American International College.

He attended Farmington Hills Harrison High School as a freshman until he left to pursue his hockey career.

His favorite hockey player growing up was Pavel Datsyuk.