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Former Chief Tyler Johnson wins second-straight Stanley Cup

Eric Bolte / USA Today

Former Spokane Chiefs star Tyler Johnson (2007-11) and Central Valley High School graduate Tyler Johnson won the Stanley Cup for the second-straight season on Wednesday night as his Tampa Bay Lightning closed out the Montreal Canadiens to win the series in Game 5. The Lightning are the first team to win back-to-back cups since Pittsburgh did so in 2016 and 2017.

The Lightning were dominant throughout the playoffs, especially in the finals as they took a 3-0 series lead before a narrow overtime defeat in Game 4. The decisive Game 5 was a defensive affair, with Tampa winning just 1-0.

Johnson, who had 22 points (8G-14A) in 55 games during the regular season, broke through against the Canadiens, scoring two goals and two assists in the series, including two goals in the Lightning’s 6-3 win in Game 4.

With nine years of NHL experience, he adds to an already impressive trophy case that now includes: a major junior championship (WHL; 2008), Memorial Cup (2008), World Junior Championship (USA; 2010), Calder Cup (AHL; 2012) and two Stanley Cups (2020 & 2021).

Johnson was a four-year star for the Chiefs from 2007-11, scoring 282 points (128G-154A) in 266 regular season games, adding 38 points (20G-18A) in 54 career playoff contests.

The Chiefs’ 2021-22 regular season will begin on Saturday, October 2 as they host the Tri-City Americans at Spokane Arena. Ticket packages for the 2021-22 season are available now! With options starting at just $80, there’s an option to fit every budget and schedule. For more information, click here.

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