Former Chief and Spokane native Tyler Johnson, nearing the end of his fifth full-time season with the Tampa Bay Lightning and gearing up for a playoff run, was featured today on The Players’ Tribune.
His post, titled “Another Chance”, details his unusual path to the NHL, including the phone call he got from Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman that sold him on the Lightning:
I was winding down the season and getting ready for the playoffs with Spokane. We were way up north in Prince George, British Columbia, getting ready for a game against the Prince George Cougars when my agent called.
“You’re going to get a call from a GM soon.”
“Who?” I said.
That made me so damn nervous. Like, Why do that to me? I had no idea who was about to call. It could have been anyone. I was sitting in a motel in Prince George, watching the snow pile up outside my window, when my phone buzzed again.
“Hi, Tyler. This is Steve Yzerman.”
“Oh … ah … uh…. Hi.” I think I almost passed out.
Read Johnson’s full Players’ Tribune post here.