Dennis Cholowski, seen here with the St. Cloud State Huskies, made the jump to pro after his college hockey season ended and was on the roster of the American Hockey League champion Grand Rapids Griffins. ST. CLOUD STATE PHOTO

Chilliwack Chiefs alum Cholowski wins AHL championship

Cholowski’s Grand Rapids Griffins beat the Syracuse Crunch for the Calder Cup Tuesday night.

Dennis Cholowski’s first professional hockey season has ended with a championship.

Cholowski didn’t see any action in the AHL playoffs, but he had one of the best seats in the house Tuesday night as his Grand Rapids Griffins toppled the Syracuse Crunch. A 4-3 win in game six of the AHL final gave the Griffins their second title in five years.

The Langley native played one regular season game for the Griffins after spending most of the season playing NCAA hockey with the St. Cloud State Huskies. He had one goal, 12 points and 14 penalty minutes in 36 games with St. Cloud State before turning pro.

The 19 year old defenceman was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round (20th overall) of the 2016 National Hockey League entry draft.

The Griffins are the AHL affiliate of Detroit.