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The Blackhawks' 5-foot-7 Alex DeBrincat is no stranger to on-ice tussles

The Blackhawks' 5-foot-7 Alex DeBrincat is no stranger to on-ice tussles
Published On: Mon, Dec 03
Dec 13, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), and Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) grab Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

At 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, Alex DeBrincat isna€™t necessarily known toA Blackhawksfans as a brawler.

Well, he wasna€™t until Saturday night, when he came to veteran defensemanA Duncan Keitha€™s defense. Keith was boarded by the Predatorsa€™ Miikka Salomaki and started fighting. DeBrincat, 20, saw the ruckus and jumped into the tussle to fight withA Matt Irwin, a 31-year-old who stands 6-1 and weighs 207 pounds.

a€œJust tried to hang in there and not get beat up,a€ DeBrincat said with a smirk.

The willingness to jump into the fray impressed his teammates, including Keith and Jonathan Toews, who praised him after the game. DeBrincat said sometimes an on-ice fight can spark a team a€” not that that was his intention.

a€œIt kind of fired them up a little bit,a€ he said. a€œI was just going over there. It wasna€™t a very clean hit on Duncs. I wasna€™t planning on doing it leading into that but sometimes you need to do some things. Guys respect it. They want to see some kind of (competing) when the game isna€™t going the right way. Anytime someone gets in a fight it fires up the guys. You just have to pick the right time.a€

That wasna€™t always the case for the scrappy DeBrincat. Despite always being one of the smallest players on the ice, intimidation was never a factor for him.

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