SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The American Hockey League named Spokane native and former Chiefs star Tyler Johnson the winner of the Les Cunningham Award, which goes to the AHL's most valuable player.
Voting for the award is done by coaches, players and media members from the league's 30 teams and cities.
The 22-year-old's 33 goals for the Syracuse Crunch equal the AHL high. He also tallied 60 points in 60 games heading into the final weekend of the regular season. His plus-24 rating is also tied for the league lead.
Last week Johnson was named a 2012-2013 First Team AHL All-Star.
In 2011-2012 the former Chief helped guide Norfolk to a Calder Cup title. His time with the Tampa Bay organization began when he signed with the Lightning March 7, 2011.
Earlier this year Johnson made his NHL debut with Tampa Bay, and registered three goals and three assists in 14 appearances.
Johnson is just the fourth American-born player to earn the award.