17 Taro Hirose
Hirose makes impact from college to pros
From Michigan State to Detroit and now in Grand Rapids, Taro Hirose has made a positive impact on every team he’s played for recently.
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First season as a Griffin…First year pro…Signed to a two-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 3/12/19...Assigned by Detroit, 12/3/19...Recalled by Detroit, 2/4/20...Assigned by Detroit, 2/11/20.
Career Highlights: Scored seven points (1-6—7) in 10 games during his NHL debut with Detroit at the end of the 2018-19 season…During his junior season at Michigan State in 2018-19, was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist, a First Team All-American, the Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous All-Big Ten First Team selection…Led the NCAA in multi-point games (15) and three-point games (9), while tying for the lead with 50 points, ranking third with 1.39 points per game and second with 35 assists…50 points marked the highest total for a Spartan since John-Michael Liles notched 50 in 2002-03…Became the first Spartan to hit the 100-career point mark since 2009…All-Big Ten Second Team selection in 2017-18.
2018-19: In his junior season and final year on campus, posted 50 points (15-35—50), a plus-14 rating and 12 PIM in 36 games…Joined the Red Wings after his college season ended and scored seven points (1-6—7) in 10 games while averaging 15:18 of ice time…Named a Hobey Baker Award finalist, a First Team All-American, the Big Ten Player of the Year, a unanimous All-Big Ten First Team selection, an Academic All-Big Ten selection and an All-College Hockey News First Team…Led the NCAA in multi-point games (15) and three-point games (9), while tying for the lead with 50 points, ranking third with 1.39 points per game and second with 35 assists…Big Ten scoring champion after pacing the Big Ten with 34 points, tying for the lead with 24 assists and tying for eighth with 10 goals in 24 conference-only games…Became the first Spartan to win the conference scoring title…In all games, led the Big Ten in assists and tied for the lead in points while tying for 11th in goals…50 points on the year marked the highest total for a Spartan since John-Michael Liles recorded 50 in 2002-03…35 assists were the most by a Spartan since Brad Fast notched 35 in 2002-03…Tallied his 100th career point with a goal in a 6-4 win at No. 11 Penn State, 1/12/19…First Spartan since Tim Crowder (2005-09) in 2009 to reach the century mark…Honored as the Spartans’ Ron Mason Team MVP and as the team’s Outstanding Offensive Player…Named a Big Ten Star of the Week on four occasions, Feb. 5, Jan. 15, Nov. 27 and Oct. 30…Named the NCAA First Star of the Week on Oct. 30 after scoring six points (2-4—6) during a two-game road sweep of No. 8 Cornell…Made his NHL debut and picked up his first point on an assist, 3/19/19 at NYR…Tallied an assist in his first five NHL games, 3/19/19-3/28/19…Netted his first NHL goal, 3/31/19 vs. BOS.
2017-18: As a sophomore, compiled 42 points (12-30—42) and four PIM in 36 games…All-Big Ten Second Team and Academic All-Big Ten selection…At the Spartans’ year-end award banquet, claimed the Ron Mason Team MVP and the team’s Outstanding Offensive Player…Ranked among the NCAA’s leaders with 30 assists (T11th), 1.17 points per game (T13th) and 16 power play assists (T9th)…In all games, led the Big Ten in power play assists while finishing sixth in points, tied for third in assists, tied for 18th in goals and tied for third in power play points (17)…In 24 conference-only games, ranked among the Big Ten’s leaders with 25 points (T3rd), eight goals (T13th), 17 assists (4th), 1.04 points per game (T3rd) and nine power play assists (1st)…Led the Spartans in points and assists while placing third in goals…42 points were the most by a Spartan since Corey Tropp had 42 in 2009-10…Became the fourth Spartan since 2007-08 to surpass the 40-point mark…Never went more than two consecutive games without a point.
2016-17: Totaled 24 points (6-18—24) and 23 PIM in 34 games during his freshman season…24 points marked the most by a Spartan freshman since 2009-10…Ranked among the team’s leaders with 24 points (2nd), 18 assists (2nd) and six goals (T5th)…Winner of the team’s Outstanding Rookie Award…Among Big Ten freshman, ranked sixth in points, tied for fourth in assists, tied for 12th in goals, first with 13 power play assists, third with 13 power play points and tied for first with two shorthanded goals…Scored his first college goal, 10/28/16 vs. Princeton, and became the first Spartan since 2009 to net his first goal while shorthanded.
2015-16: In his final junior campaign in the British Columbia Hockey League with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, recorded 71 points (15-56—71) and 18 PIM in 58 regular season appearances…Showed five points (1-4—5) in six playoff games…Ranked among the BCHL’s leaders in points (13th), assists (4th), with 1.22 points per game (T18th) and with 16 power play assists (T18th)…Led the Silverbacks in points, assists and points per game and tied for the team lead in power play assists…Tied for seventh on the club in goals and his five power play tallies placed fifth…In the playoffs, paced the team with four assists and tied for the club lead with five points.
2014-15: Banked 50 points (18-32—50) and 12 PIM in 58 games with Salmon Arm…Named the team’s Rookie of the Year after leading the club in points and power play assists (13)…Also ranked among Salmon Arm’s leaders with 32 assists (2nd), 18 goals (2nd), three power play goals (T4th) and four game-winning goals (T1st).
|2016-17||Michigan State||Big Ten||34||6||18||24||23||--||--||--||--||--|
|2017-18||Michigan State||Big Ten||36||12||30||42||4||--||--||--||--||--|
|2018-19||Michigan State||Big Ten||36||15||35||50||12||--||--||--||--||--|
- NHL Game 3/19/19 DET at NYR
- NHL Point 3/19/19 DET at NYR (assist)
- NHL Goal 3/31/19 DET vs. BOS (Jaroslav Halak)
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