Alex DeBrincat was named to the Team USA preliminary roster for the 2019 IIHF Men’s World Championship tournament. DeBrincat and Blackhawks teammate, Patrick Kane, also played together in last year’s MWC and brought home a bronze medal. DeBrincat had a great showing last year with 9 points (1G, 8A) in 10 games and looks to pick up where he left off.
Playing for Team USA can only be seen as a good thing for Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane. I believe their 2018-19 breakouts started in the 2018 IIHF MWC, when they capitalized on a great opportunity to develop chemistry with each other. DeBrincat and Kane’s chemistry blossomed as they played on a line together during the tournament. Between both players, there was a total of 29 points (9G, 20A) in 10 games — Kane accounted for 20 of them on his own and was named MVP.
The 2018 IIHF MWC foreshadowed what was to come for both Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane during the 2018-19 NHL season, during which both set new career highs in multiple categories. I believe playing in the 2019 IIHF MWC will have the same impact on the 2019-20 NHL season — fingers crossed!
Let’s take a look back at what kickstarted two phenomenal seasons in 2018-19 by both Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane. I’m hoping for the same results this time around!
Team USA officially announced its first 17 players. Of those 17 players, 10 are forwards, 4 are defensemen, and 3 are goalies. My first impression was that the roster is relatively young, with an average age of 25.4. The team will be led by Patrick Kane who was named captain for the 2nd consecutive season.
The 2019 IIHF Men’s World Championship is yet another reason why this summer will be a fun one for the Blackhawks and their fans. Here’s a highlight reel of Patrick Kane’s MVP performance last year, just to get you hyped for this year’s tournament.
The 2019 IIHF Men’s World Championship begins on May 10th and runs through May 26th. Let’s see if Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane can build on their career best seasons and bring home a gold medal in the process.