Spokane Native Set to Make NHL Debut - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Native Set to Make NHL Debut

Updated:
Spokane native and former Chiefs star Tyler Johnson is set to make his NHL debut. (Courtesy Spokane Chiefs) Spokane native and former Chiefs star Tyler Johnson is set to make his NHL debut. (Courtesy Spokane Chiefs)

Courtesy Spokane Chiefs

TAMPA BAY - The National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled Spokane native Tyler Johnson from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, the Lightning's vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Johnson will wear number 63.

Johnson, 22, has played in 59 games this season with the Crunch, collecting 31 goals and 57 points to go along with a plus-25 rating. He ranks first on the Crunch and second in the AHL in points and leads the league in goals. Of his 31 goals, 11 have come while on the power play, tied for third in the AHL. The Central Valley High School graduate native has recorded six multi-goal games this season with Syracuse.

The 5-foot-9, 182-pound forward has posted back-to-back 30-goal seasons in his first two professional seasons in the AHL. In 134 career AHL games, all in the Lightning organization, Johnson has recorded 62 goals and 125 points to go along with plus-47 rating. During the 2011-12 season, Johnson ranked second in AHL rookie scoring with 68 points and was named the AHL Player of the Month for March, collecting six goals and 14 points during that stretch. He skated in 14 AHL playoff games last season with the Norfolk Admirals, tallying six goals and 14 points to help them win the Calder Cup.

Johnson was originally signed by the Lightning as a free agent on March 7, 2011. He skated in 266 Western Hockey League games during four seasons with the Spokane Chiefs from 2007-2011, recording 128 goals and 282 points. Johnson won the Brad Hornung Trophy for the WHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year and was the Western Conference Player of the Year in 2011, his fourth and final season as a Chief.

Johnson will become the sixth Chief off the 2008 Memorial Cup Championship team to play in the NHL; Jared Cowen (Ottawa), Jared Spurgeon (Minnesota), Justin Falk (Minnesota), Dustin Tokarski (Tampa Bay) and Drayson Bowman (Carolina).

  • Pro SportsProMore>>

  • Shock Lose on Final Play Off the Net vs. Cleveland

    Shock Lose on Final Play Off the Net vs. Cleveland

    The Cleveland Gladiators defeated the Spokane Shock, 52-50, on a last ditch effort off of the net with no time left to remain undefeated on the season at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, April 19. >>
    The Cleveland Gladiators defeated the Spokane Shock, 52-50, on a last ditch effort off of the net with no time left to remain undefeated on the season at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, April 19. >>
  • Chiefs' Holmberg Named WHL POY Finalist

    Chiefs' Holmberg Named WHL POY Finalist

    by Spokane Chiefs Media RelationsSPOKANE, Wash. - The Western Hockey League today announced the WHL Eastern and Western Conference finalists for the 2013-14 WHL Player of the Year. The two finalists for WHL Player of the Year are determined through voting by general managers, coaches, broadcast and media representatives of all WHL Member Clubs. The recipients of all WHL individual awards will be announced at the 2014 WHL Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Calgary, Alberta, on Wednesday, A...>>
    by Spokane Chiefs Media RelationsSPOKANE, Wash. - The Western Hockey League today announced the WHL Eastern and Western Conference finalists for the 2013-14 WHL Player of the Year. The two finalists for WHL Player of the Year are determined through voting by general managers, coaches, broadcast and media representatives of all WHL Member Clubs. The recipients of all WHL individual awards will be announced at the 2014 WHL Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Calgary, Alberta, on Wednesday, A...>>
  • Shock Talk: Terrance "T1" Taylor

    Shock Talk: Terrance "T1" Taylor

    Spokane Shock defensive tackle Terrance Taylor joined Michelle Dapper in the SWX Studio for to talk about the Cleveland Gladiators upcoming visit and more in another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions.>>
    Spokane Shock defensive tackle Terrance Taylor joined Michelle Dapper in the SWX Studio for to talk about the Cleveland Gladiators upcoming visit and more in another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions.>>
  • Spokane ChiefsSpokane ChiefsMore>>

  • Chiefs' Holmberg Named WHL POY Finalist

    Chiefs' Holmberg Named WHL POY Finalist

    by Spokane Chiefs Media RelationsSPOKANE, Wash. - The Western Hockey League today announced the WHL Eastern and Western Conference finalists for the 2013-14 WHL Player of the Year. The two finalists for WHL Player of the Year are determined through voting by general managers, coaches, broadcast and media representatives of all WHL Member Clubs. The recipients of all WHL individual awards will be announced at the 2014 WHL Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Calgary, Alberta, on Wednesday, A...>>
    by Spokane Chiefs Media RelationsSPOKANE, Wash. - The Western Hockey League today announced the WHL Eastern and Western Conference finalists for the 2013-14 WHL Player of the Year. The two finalists for WHL Player of the Year are determined through voting by general managers, coaches, broadcast and media representatives of all WHL Member Clubs. The recipients of all WHL individual awards will be announced at the 2014 WHL Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Calgary, Alberta, on Wednesday, A...>>
  • Johnson Joins Former Chiefs 50-Goal Club

    Johnson Joins Former Chiefs 50-Goal Club

    Spokane native Tyler Johnson has become only the ninth Spokane Chief in club history to score more than 50 points in a single season in the National Hockey League and only the third to do so in his rookie season.>>
    Spokane native Tyler Johnson has become only the ninth Spokane Chief in club history to score more than 50 points in a single season in the National Hockey League and only the third to do so in his rookie season.>>
  • Aviani Signs Amateur Hockey Contract with Utica Comets

    Aviani Signs Amateur Hockey Contract with Utica Comets

    Chiefs forward Mike Aviani has signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. >>
    Spokane Chiefs forward Mike Aviani has signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. >>