Chiefs’ Tyler Johnson named BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

CALGARY, AB. – The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Tyler Johnson of the Spokane Chiefs.

Johnson scored two pivotal goals to go with a +1 rating in two playoff games over the last week, helping the Spokane Chiefs win the 2008 WHL Championship series over the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-0.

On Tuesday, May 6, the WHL Championship series shifted north of the border as the Lethbridge Hurricanes were set to host game three in the Enmax Centre with the Spokane Chiefs holding a 2-0 series advantage. Johnson picked up his fourth goal of the post season, which also was the game winner, as the Chiefs defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

The following evening, Wednesday, May 7th, at Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, the Ed Chynoweth Cup was in the building as the Chiefs had their first opportunity to close out the WHL Championship series in game four. Johnson netted his fifth post season goal, which inevitably was the game winner and the WHL Championship series winner, as the Chiefs downed the Hurricanes 4-1 to take the 2008 WHL Championship series 4-0. Johnson was also named the games 1st Star.

Before Chiefs Captain Chris Bruton was honoured with the first presentation of the Ed Chynoweth Cup as 2008 WHL Champions, Tyler Johnson was presented the 2008 WHL Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award.
As the 2008 WHL Champions, the Spokane Chiefs will compete as the WHL representative at the 2008 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament in Kitchener, Ontario on May 16 – 25, 2008.

Johnson, a 17 year old from Spokane, Washington, is currently in his first season of play in the Western Hockey League and with the Spokane Chiefs.

The WHL has also nominated Dustin Tokarski of the Spokane Chiefs for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Tokarski posted a 2-0 record this past week, allowing just two goals on 41 shots for a 0.950 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage.

BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week – 2008 WHL Playoffs
Mar. 17 – Mar. 23: Dustin Sylvester, Kootenay Ice
Mar. 24 – Mar. 30: T.J. Galiardi, Calgary Hitmen
Mar. 31 – Apr. 6: Chad Greenan, Kootenay Ice
Apr. 7 – Apr. 13: Ryan White, Calgary Hitmen
Apr. 14 – Apr. 20: Zach Boychuk, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Apr. 21 – Apr. 27: Carter Bancks, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Apr. 28 – May 4: Judd Blackwater, Spokane Chiefs
May. 5 – May 11: Tyler Johnson, Spokane Chiefs