The Impressive Rookie Season of Blackhawks Forward Alex DeBrincat


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Alex DeBrincat

As a sales manager with Chicago Real Estate Leaders, Sergio Garcia draws on many years’ experience in selling foreclosed and REO commercial and residential real estate. When he isn’t working, Sergio Garcia enjoys following the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Chicago Blackhawks.

Through 54 games, the Blackhawks sit last place in the crowded Central Division, but there have been a few bright spots, one of which is rookie Alex DeBrincat. A second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, DeBrincat recorded an impressive 127 points in 63 games in his final season of junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters, but many wondered if he was too small to succeed in the NHL. He’s listed at just 5 feet, 7 inches and 165 pounds. However, he has proven doubters wrong this season, as he has made 34 points, which, as of February 9, ranked sixth in rookie scoring league-wide. Additionally, DeBrincat’s 19 goals ranked third among all rookies behind Brock Boeser and Yanni Gourde.

The highlight of his season came on January 25 during a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. DeBrincat, a Michigan native, scored his first career three-goal game while playing alongside Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and recent acquisition Anthony Duclair.


Blackhawks Goaltender Sidelined Indefinitely with Vertigo


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Corey Crawford

The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in theology from Hyles-Anderson College, Sergio Garcia has been a sales manager with Chicago Real Estate Leaders since 1995 and focuses on selling foreclosed residential and commercial real estate. Beyond his professional pursuits, Sergio Garcia is a passionate fan of Chicago’s professional sports teams, including the Blackhawks.

The Chicago Blackhawks have won three Stanley Cups since 2010, and goaltender Corey Crawford has played an instrumental role in the two most recent championships. The 33-year-old native of Montreal, Quebec, was having a career-best season in 2017-18 with a record of 16-9-2 to go along with a 2.27 goals against average and a .929 save percentage, but he could miss the remainder of the regular season due to what is being referred to as “vertigo-like symptoms.”

Crawford was originally placed on the injured reserve list on December 27 with an upper-body injury, but recent reports have suggested he’s dealing with the same vertigo issue with which he grappled during the 2015-16 season. Blackhawks senior advisor Scotty Bowman said he believed Crawford was suffering from post-concussion syndrome, while Mark Lazarus of the Chicago Sun-Times has since reported he could be sidelined until next season. Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass have been splitting starts in Crawford’s absence.