When the Chicago Blackhawks traded hometown native Vinnie Hinostroza in 2018, it came as a shock to most of the Chicago faithful. Coming off of a 2017-2018 season Hinostroza played in 50 games for the Hawks while tallying 7 goals and 18 assists for a total of 25 points. It’s safe to say the city didn’t want to see him head off to Arizona for the following 2018-2019 campaign with the Coyotes where he totaled a career-high 39 points.
Hinostroza played the following couple of seasons with the Yotes before signing with the Florida Panthers ahead of the 2021 season. Appearing in just 9 games for the Panthers it became apparent that Hinostroza was fed up with the day-to-day uncertainties of being in and out of the lineup.