By on March 7, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning

March 7, 2011

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed center Tyler Johnson of
the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs to a standard three-year
entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve
Yzerman announced.

Johnson, 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, has appeared in 259 career games with the
Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League during the previous four
seasons, amassing 123 goals and 273 points. This season he has
established career highs in goals with 48, assists with 58 and points 106
in 64 games. Johnson currently leads the Chiefs in goals, assists, power
play goals (15) and shorthanded goals (6) while also ranking third on the
squad with a plus-27 ranking. He has also skated in 40 career postseason
games, all with Spokane, registering 13 goals and 24 points.

A native of Spokane, Washington, Johnson’s goal total is tied for the WHL
lead, while he ranks fourth in assists and second in points among all WHL
skaters. He also is seventh in power-play goals with 15 and second in
power-play assists with 34. Johnson most recently led all WHL players in
scoring through the month of February, picking up points in 10 of his 13
games played, all of which were multi-point nights, including four
three-point games. He has also excelled in international competition,
helping Team USA to the Gold Medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships
in Canada, recording three goals and five points with a plus-4 rating in
seven games.

Johnson went undrafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.


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