Chiefs to retire Tyler Johnson’s jersey on Feb. 4
SPOKANE — The Spokane Chiefs introduced the franchise will formally retire the No. 9 on Feb. 4, 2022, in honor of former participant and longtime NHL star Tyler Johnson.
The Spokane native, who performed with the Coeur d’Alene Lakers earlier than becoming a member of the Chiefs, is predicted to be readily available for the popularity to boost his quantity over the ice in a pre-game ceremony at Spokane Arena.
Johnson, who helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win the final two Stanley Cup championships, was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in the course of the offseason. The Blackhawks are scheduled to play host to Minnesota on Feb. 2, then the NHL takes a three-week break for the Olympics.
Johnson joins ahead Ray Whitney (14) because the second participant to have his quantity retired by the Chiefs.
“What is there to say about Johnny that hasn’t been mentioned already?” Chiefs managing accomplice Bobby Brett mentioned in a information launch. “Tyler was a champion right here in Spokane, was a champion within the AHL and is now twice a champion within the NHL. Even extra importantly, he has been an excellent ambassador for our metropolis, our group and the hockey neighborhood right here within the Inland Northwest.
“Just like Ray (Whitney), Tyler’s quantity will dangle excessive within the rafters at Spokane Arena, alongside the WHL and Memorial Cup Championship banners he helped our crew earn in 2008,” Brett added. “We couldn’t be extra excited to offer him this honor.”
Born and raised in Spokane, Johnson had a prolific junior profession with the Chiefs, piling up 128 targets and 282 factors in 266 video games. He helped the crew win a WHL Championship and Memorial Cup (CHL) in 2008, incomes MVP honors in the course of the Ed Chynoweth Cup Final (WHL). He received the WHL’s Brad Hornung Trophy as Most Sportsmanlike Player for the 2010-11 season as he capped his Chiefs tenure with a 115-point marketing campaign, together with a league-best 53 targets, serving to the membership return to the Western Conference Final. During his junior profession he additionally represented the United States, profitable a gold medal on the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Johnson signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning group and spent two seasons with their AHL affiliate, scoring 133 factors (68 targets, 65 assists) in 137 video games over two seasons. He received a Calder Cup Championship (AHL) with the Norfolk Admirals in 2012, chipping in 14 factors (7G-7A) in the course of the prolonged playoff run. He opened much more eyes in his second season, profitable 2012-13 AHL MVP honors after posting 37 targets and 65 factors in simply 62 common season video games, including 21 factors (10G-11A) in 18 postseason contests.
Johnson first turned an NHL common in 2013 and he has turned in 361 factors together with 161 targets in 589 profession common season video games over eight full seasons. The speedy ahead was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2013, competed for the United States on the 2014 IIHF World Championship, and was nominated as an NHL All-Star in 2015. He was additionally a constant playoff performer for the Bolts, scoring 32 targets and 33 assists for 65 factors in 116 video games, main the NHL in postseason factors throughout his first run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015. He chipped in seven factors in every of Tampa Bay’s final two runs to the Stanley Cup championship.
The Chiefs’ dwelling video games on Feb. 4-5 will each honor Johnson. Friday, Feb. Four would be the on-ice retirement ceremony and a Tyler Johnson banner giveaway, whereas Saturday, Feb. 5 can be a Tyler Johnson bobblehead giveaway.
Acliese III Joins EWU basketball crew as Riley’s 11th newcomer
Eastern Washington University males’s basketball coach David Riley introduced the addition of redshirt junior Linton Acliese III, a 6-6 ahead.
Originally from Richmond, Calif., he graduated from Manvel High School in Manvel, Texas, in 2016. After commencement, he performed for 2 seasons at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Calif., earlier than one full season at San Francisco State University. Acliese is the 11th newcomer on this 12 months’s crew, which reached the NCAA match however noticed a number of key gamers go away after head coach Shantay Legans took the top teaching job at Portland.
Acliese involves EWU with 83 video games of expertise in three seasons of collegiate basketball, together with 80 begins.
After a medical redshirt season in 2018-19, Acliese began in 27 of 28 video games and averaged 17.9 factors, 7.6 rebounds, and simply over one steal per recreation in 2019-20 at San Francisco State. He was voted First-Team All-CCAA (California Collegiate Athletic Association).
His nickname is “Boogie.”