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Detroit assigns Cholowski to Grand Rapids

Blueliner has 24 points in 85 career NHL games

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings assigned defenseman Dennis Cholowski to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Cholowski, 21, has split his second professional campaign between the Red Wings and Griffins, showing eight points (2-6-8) and four penalty minutes in 33 games with the Red Wings. He also has five points (1-4-5) on the power play to rank second among the team's defensemen, in addition to his first overtime-winning goal in the NHL (Nov. 12 at Anaheim). After originally joining the Griffins in December, Cholowski has notched seven points (2-5-7) in 19 contests. Dating back to his pro debut at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, Cholowski has 19 points (2-17-19) and 16 penalty minutes in 45 regular-season games with the Griffins and two points (0-2-2) and two penalty minutes in six Calder Cup Playoff games. In his two NHL seasons, the 6-foot-2, 197-pound defenseman has recorded 24 points (9-15-24) and 20 penalty minutes in 85 games with the Red Wings.

Originally selected by Detroit in the first round (20th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Cholowski played one season of college hockey and one of major junior after he was drafted before turning professional. In 2016-17, he logged 12 points (1-11-12) in 36 games at St. Cloud State University, before racking up 66 points (14-52-66) in 69 games between the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars and Portland Winterhawks during the 2017-18 campaign. A native of Langley, British Columbia, Cholowski won a gold medal with Canada West at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge. He spent parts of three seasons (2013-16) with the Chilliwack Chiefs in the British Columbia Hockey League before he was drafted, notching 67 points (16-51-67) and 20 penalty minutes in 105 regular-season games and adding 22 points (4-18-22) and four penalty minutes in 32 postseason games.

Dennis Cholowski, Defenseman

Born Feb 15 1998 -- Langley, BC

Height 6.02 -- Weight 197 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 1 #20 overall 2016 NHL Entry Draft

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