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Red Wings assign Cholowski to Griffins

Second-year pro has skated in 88 games with Detroit since 2018-19

by Kyle Kujawa /

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

Cholowski has split his second professional season between Detroit and Grand Rapids. In 36 games with the Red Wings, the 22-year-old has eight points (2-6-8) and six penalty minutes, while ranking second among the team's defensemen with five power-play points (1-4-5). Additionally, Cholowski notched his first NHL overtime goal on Nov. 12 at Anaheim. He has also appeared in 27 games with the Griffins and contributed 12 points (3-9-12) and eight penalty minutes, including a recent run in which he had points in seven-of-eight AHL games, totaling eight points (2-6-8) between Jan. 18-Feb. 18. Dating back to his professional debut at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, the 6-foot-2, 197-pound defenseman has 24 points (3-21-24) and 20 penalty minutes in 53 AHL games and 24 points (9-15-24) in 88 career 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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