Alex DeBrincat 'shocked' to be traded

Alex DeBrincat “shocked”


Sniper Alex DeBrincat was aware of the trade rumors circulating about him, but he was still shocked to learn that he was leaving the Chicago Blackhawks organization to join that of the Ottawa Senators. 

It's unusual to see a two-year 41-goal writer traded. It is even more so when he is only 24 years old and has one season left on his contract. DeBrincat admitted that he was taken aback when the transaction materialized. 

“My immediate reaction was to be in shock, indicated by videoconference the American, whose comments were picked up by the Chicago Sun-Times. I had heard rumors, but you don't expect it until it happens.”

DeBrincat potentially became the Hawks' best player last season. Despite the Illinois organization's tormented season for various reasons, the winger still scored 41 goals and 78 points.

The former 2016 second-round pick was therefore bewildered for not having become the cornerstone of the reconstruction of the Blackhawks, who preferred three draft selections to him.

“I was ready to stay in Chicago for a long time,” he continued. This is how I perceived [the rest of my career].

“I have never been traded in the past, regardless of the league. Usually I stay on the same team. It's a whole different experience for me.”

Before starting the new chapter of his young career, DeBrincat wanted to thank the organization that gave him his first chance in the best league in hockey in the world.

“Chicago was like a second home to me. I got married there and became a father there. Thank you for supporting me through everything.”

Ready to play important games

In five seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) , DeBrincat has only played nine playoff games in 2020. He said he is happy to play with a team that can aspire to a participation in the spring tournament next season.

“I hope to play important games in Ottawa, he wished. I hope I will be an exciting player for the fans, that I will score goals and that I will be successful.”

“My goal is to win a Stanley Cup and I hope to achieve that here.

DeBrincat will join a group of young and talented forwards in Ottawa, led by Tim Stützle, Brady Tkachuk and Josh Norris, to name a few. He has already trained with the latter, since they are both from Michigan.

“I'm really excited to join this young group and build something special” , he completed.