Posted on April 23, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Former Spokane Chief and Spokane native Tyler Johnson was voted as one of three finalists for the National Hockey League's 2013-14 Calder Trophy, awarded each season "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition" in the NHL. Johnson is the second Chief to be nominated for the award, joining Michael Grabner (2010-11).
Johnson scored 24 goals for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the regular season, breaking star forward Steven Skamkos' Lightning franchise record. He tied for the overall NHL lead in shorthanded goals (five) and scored five power play goals, becoming just the second NHL rookie to ever score five of each in one season. Johnson led all rookies in ice time and faceoffs.
Johnson played four seasons with the Chiefs from 2007-2011, scoring 128 goals (8th in franchise history) and 282 points (8th). He was a member of the Chiefs' 2008 Memorial Cup Champion team, earning WHL Playoff MVP honors in his rookie season. His 53 goals during the 2010-11 season led the WHL.