Nation’s top scorer Hirose leaves Michigan State, signs with Red Wings

Taro Hirose (Michigan State-17) Cam Johnson (North Dakota-33) 16 November 26 Michigan State University and University of North Dakota meet in a non conference contest at Ralph Engelstad Arena (Bradley K. Olson)
Taro Hirose led Michigan State and leads the NCAA in scoring this season (photo: Bradley K. Olson).

Michigan State junior forward Taro Hirose has agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level contact with the Detroit Red Wings.

He finishes his MSU career with 116 points (33 goals, 83 assists) in 106 games and will forgo his senior season.

Hirose has led the NCAA in both points and assists since Jan. 5 and ended his junior season with 50 points on 15 goals and 35 assists. He was the Big Ten scoring champion after producing a league-high 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 24 conference games.

The Calgary native’s 50 points were the most by a Spartan since John-Michael Liles had the same amount in 2002-03, while his 35 assists were the most since Brad Fast also had 35 in ’02-03.

Hirose had 15 multi-point games in 2018-19, including an NCAA-best nine three-point games. He was named a Big Ten Star of the Week on four occasions and was selected the NCAA First Star of the Week on Oct. 30, 2018, after his pair of three-point games helped MSU sweep then-No. 8 Cornell on the road.