Jr. Kings grad Callahan makes NHL debut

Mitch Callahan, a graduate of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings program, made his NHL debut tonight (Tuesday) with the Detroit Red Wings in their 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The forward from Whittier recorded 8:55 of ice time during the game.

Before his debut with Detroit, Callahan, 22, ranked among the Griffins’ leaders with 25 goals (second); 40 points (third); a plus-21 rating (first); 51 penalty minutes (fifth); six power-play goals (tied for second); two shorthanded goals (first); and 185 shots on goal (first).

Callahan skated in 185 games with Grand Rapids since 2011-12, recording 69 points (42 goals) and 247 penalty minutes.

Originally selected in the sixth round (180th overall) by Detroit in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Callahan helped the Griffins to a Calder Cup championship in 2012-13, notching 20 points (11 goals) in 71 regular-season games and 11 points (six goals) in 24 postseason contests.

Prior to turning professional, the 6-foot, 195-pounder appeared in 204 Western Hockey League games with the Kelowna Rockets from 2008-11, tallying 128 points (57 goals) and 440 penalty minutes.

He was also a member of the 2009 Kelowna squad that captured the WHL’s Ed Chynoweth Cup.