DETROIT RED WINGS ADD HIROSE TO TAXI SQUAD
The Detroit Red Wings today reassigned left wing Taro Hirose to the team’s taxi squad from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Hirose, 24, signed with the Red Wings as a free agent on March 12, 2019 and has appeared in 36 NHL games since turning professional, producing 14 points (3-11-14) and eight penalty minutes. After making his NHL debut at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, Hirose tied a franchise record by notching an assist in each of his first five games with the team, which tied Dylan Larkin’s mark for longest point streak to begin a career. He split his first full professional campaign between the Red Wings and American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, recording seven points (2-5-7) and six penalty minutes in 26 NHL games along with 27 points (5-22-27) and 12 penalty minutes in 35 AHL contests. Hirose’s AHL stint included a Griffins season-best seven-game assist streak, part of a longer stretch in which he produced 14 assists over a 13-game span from Jan. 18-Feb. 28.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Hirose appeared in 106 games at Michigan State from 2016-19, totaling 116 points (33-83-116) and 39 penalty minutes. As a junior in 2018-19, Hirose led the nation in points (50), points-per-game (1.47), assists (35), multi-point games (15) and three-point games (9) en route to being named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Prior to his collegiate career, Hirose played two seasons (2014-16) with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League where he totaled 121 points (33-88-121) in 116 games. During the 2015-16 campaign with the Silverbacks, he ranked 13th in the BCHL in points (71) and fourth in assists (56), both of which led the team. Hirose also led the Silverbacks in scoring (18-32-50) in his first season with the club (2014-15), while being named the team’s Rookie of the Year.