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Hirose named Big Ten Player of Year, multiple Spartans honored

March 19, 2019
Junior wing Taro Hirose (17) looks to make a crossing pass during the game against Minnesota on Jan. 20, 2019. The Spartans are tied with the Golden Gophers 1-1 at the end of the first period.
Junior wing Taro Hirose (17) looks to make a crossing pass during the game against Minnesota on Jan. 20, 2019. The Spartans are tied with the Golden Gophers 1-1 at the end of the first period. —
Photo by CJ Weiss | The State News

Ahead of the announcement of the Hobey Baker finalists tomorrow, Taro Hirose, along with multiple of his now-former teammates, earned all-Big Ten honors. 

The newly-signed Red Wing was named the 2019 Big Ten Player of the Year Tuesday, as his 34 points in conference play earned him the scoring title. 

While Hirose was named to first-team, his former lines mates were also recognized. Junior forward Patrick Khodorenko earned second-team honors and sophomore forward Mitchell Lewandowski garnered an honorable mention.

Khodorenko’s recognition is to his team-leading 18 goals this season served as a perfect complement to Hirose’s 35 assists. Lewandowski was the next to benefit from Hirose’s prolific assisting, netting 16 goals en route to his honorable mention.

Zach Osburn, who finished his senior season and played in his AHL debut on Saturday, also earned an honorable mention.

Rounding out the Spartan honorees were defenseman Dennis Cesana and goaltender Drew DeRidder, who each claimed all-freshman team spots.

 

 

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