For the first time in his career, Alex DeBrincat is an NHL All-Star.
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, beginning with the All-Star Skills competition on Friday, Feb. 4 before the 3-on-3 All-Star tournament on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Video: DeBrincat learns of All-Star nod
The winger is fourth in the NHL in goals (23) and third in power-play goals (9) entering Thursday night's games with five multi-goal games to his name this season, one of just five players to do so (Leon Draisaitl, Auston Matthews, Brad Marchand and Alex Ovechkin). His nine goals since Dec. 15 leads the league as well.
"In just five seasons, we have seen Alex grow and develop into an elite player and he is very deserving of this All-Star nod," Blackhawks interim general manager Kyle Davidson said. "From the day we drafted him, he has shown hard work and dedication to improving his game and developing into the player he is today. We are so happy he is receiving this recognition and he will represent the Blackhawks well in Las Vegas."
DeBrincat reached the 20-goal plateau for the fourth time in five seasons and did so in the fewest number of games of his career (33 games, eclipsing previous of 36 last season).