For the first time in his career, Alex De Brincat is an NHL star player.
Named to the Central Division roster on Thursday night ahead of the 2022 NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas, DeBrincat will rightfully stand alongside some of the league’s biggest names at the annual showcase, starting with the All-Star Skills competition on Friday, February 2, 4 before the 3-on-3 All-Star tournament on Saturday, February 5.
Video: DeBrincat learns the All-Star nod
The winger is fourth in the NHL in goals (23) and third in power-play goals (9) heading into Thursday night games with five multi-goal games to his name this season, one of five players to do it (Leon Draisaitl, Auston Matthews, Brad Marchand and Alex Ovechkin). His nine goals since Dec. 15 also lead the league.
“In just five seasons, we’ve seen Alex grow into an elite player and he truly deserves this all-star status,” Blackhawks interim general manager Kyle Davidson said. “Since the day we drafted him, he has shown hard work and dedication to improve his game and become the player he is today. We are so happy to have him receive this recognition and he will represent the Blackhawks well in Las Vegas.”
DeBrincat hit the 20-goal mark for the fourth time in five seasons and did so in the fewest games of his career (33 games, eclipsing the previous 36 last season).