Alex Nedeljkovic Starts New Life With Red Wings

TRAVERSE CITY – Alex Nedeljkovic was getting ready to start his new life off the ice when he found out he’d also be starting a new life on it.

Nedeljkovic said Friday he was getting married on the day he found out he was traded from the Carolina Hurricanes to the Detroit Red Wings.

“My wife and I were pretty surprised. We were back home and actually we were getting married that day,” Nedeljkovic said. “Right before we went to see the judge I got a call from my agent saying what the situation was and that we were getting traded. So you know, it was a busy day. It was an exciting day for lots of reasons.”

Nedjelkovic, 25, was a finalist for the Calder Trophy last season, given to the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. He only played in 23 games, so he will actually maintain rookie status and is eligible for the award again in 2021-22.

The Red Wings acquired him from the Carolina Hurricanes in July, sending a third-round draft pick and the rights to unrestricted free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier in return.

A lot has changed for Nedeljkovic over the last few months as he starts his married life in a new city. But even with all the changes, some things remain the same.

“The job stays the same. It was to stop pucks back there and this year it will be to stop pucks for us now,” he said.

He hopes performing that old job description can bring stability to his new life and to his new team.