January 13, 2019 Nick Hart
Hirano Lacroix

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forwards Yushiroh Hirano and Cédric Lacroix to American Hockey League contracts for the rest of the 2018-19 season.

Hirano and Lacroix both attended Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s training camp in September and are currently playing for the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Hirano became the ninth Japanese player in history to suit up for an ECHL game when he made his Nailers debut on Oct. 20, 2018. The 23-year-old rookie currently has eight goals and 16 assists, placing him seventh on the team in points (24). Hirano has been on a tear lately for Wheeling, recording 16 points (5G-11A) in his last 13 games.

Lacroix has notched eight goals and nine assists for 16 points in 37 games played with Wheeling this year. The rookie forward put up four of his eight goals and six points over the Nailers’ last eight games. Lacroix also leads the Nailers in penalty minutes (108).

Hailing from Shefford, Québec, Lacroix spent four years playing at the University of Maine. In his senior season, Lacroix recorded a career-high six goals, and tied his career-best for points in a season with 11.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is on Friday, Jan. 18 against the Rochester Americans. The Amerks’ lone visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season also serves as an Eyewitness News Fan Friday with lower bowl tickets available for just $14 and select draught beers on sale for $2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Amerks is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through all Ticketmaster outlets, or by contacting the Penguins’ offices at (570) 208-7367. Season ticket packages for the 20th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by reaching out to the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

Fans can also keep up with the Penguins through the AHL’s brand new high definition streaming service, AHLTV. Subscriptions for AHLTV, which include live and archived games, begin at just $79.99 for the entire 2018-19 regular season. Fans can visit now to register for a free AHLTV account and purchase 2018-19 subscriptions.

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