Rarified air: Spokane’s Tyler Johnson joins Spokane elites at pinnacle of sports activities | SWX Proper Now
Spokane native Tyler Johnson has the fame as a winner – and rightfully so.
He can now add “Stanley Cup champion” to his prolonged checklist of achievements.
Johnson performed a pivotal function for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they defeated the Dallas Stars within the Stanley Cup finals, successful Recreation 6 2-0 on Monday within the NHL’s “bubble website” in Edmonton, Alberta.
Johnson, 30, alongside together with his coaches and teammates, can have his named engraved upon the Cup, etching his title into hockey immortality.
He scored 14 targets with 17 assists in 65 video games this season for the Lightning, and had 4 targets and three helpers in 25 video games throughout the championship run.
An eight-year veteran of the NHL, Johnson joins an unique membership of gamers to have gained a serious junior championship (WHL; 2008), Memorial Cup (2008), World Junior Championship (USA; 2010), Calder Cup (AHL; 2012) and Stanley Cup.
The Central Valley Excessive Faculty grad turns into the newest member of Spokane highschool sports activities royalty to have achieved greatness of their occupation (in alphabetical order).
Jason Hanson (Mead/Washington State)
He was a three-time All-American at Washington State, the place his 62-yarder in 1991 stays the longest in class historical past, and was inducted into the School Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2020. The 19-year NFL veteran ranks seventh in NFL historical past with 1,890 factors, and holds the report for many 50-yard area targets with 45. A two-time professional bowler, Hanson performed his total profession with the Detroit Lions and holds the NFL report with most video games with the identical staff at 327.
Briann January (Lewis and Clark)
At LC, January earned first-team all-state basketball honors by each the Related Press and the Seattle Occasions and led the Tigers to the state semifinals as a junior. She gained the State 4A excessive soar title in 2004. January led Arizona State in steals and assists 4 straight years and is a six-time choice to the WNBA All-Defensive Crew. She gained an NBA title with the Indiana Fever in 2012 and has performed in 4 WNBA finals.
Carl Johnson (Lewis and Clark)
Johnson was born in Michigan however moved to Spokane at a younger age and attended LC, the place he as soon as long-jumped 23 toes, 4½ inches, a report that has stood on the faculty for greater than 100 years. After highschool, Johnson attended the College of Michigan the place he was a star, successful 16 Massive Ten Convention particular person monitor titles. He gained a silver medal within the lengthy soar on the 1920 Olympics, leaping 1 inch shy of his highschool report.
Gerry Lindgren (Rogers, Washington State)
Lindgren set eight nationwide highschool monitor information and gained 11 NCAA monitor and cross nation championships. In 1964, Lindgren turned the primary American to beat Russian runners within the 10,000 meters. Favored for gold within the Tokyo Olympics that yr, an ankle harm restricted him to a ninth-place end. He’s a member of the Nationwide Observe and Discipline Corridor of Fame. In 1965, he broke the world report for the 6-mile run on the AAU Nationwide Championships.
Adam Morrison (Mead, Gonzaga)
Led Mead to a state runner-up end his senior season, scoring 37 factors within the title sport. The co-national participant of the yr at Gonzaga in 2006 was additionally a finalist for the Naismith and the Wood Awards. He was the third decide within the NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats and went on to win two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers – although he didn’t play a minute in both finals.
Mark Rypien (Shadle Park, Washington State)
An all-state soccer, basketball and baseball participant at Shadle, Rypien is thought to be one of many best all-around athletes in Washington highschool historical past. He handed for 292 yards and two touchdowns in Washington’s 37-24 win over Buffalo within the 1992 Tremendous Bowl, incomes him MVP honors, and was named to the 1991 All-Professional second staff, totaling 3,564 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Ryne Sandberg (North Central)
A 3-sport star at NC, Sandberg was a Parade All-American quarterback and opted out of a letter of intent at WSU after being drafted within the twentieth spherical of the 1978 MLB draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Sandberg was a 10-time all-star, gained 9 Gold Gloves, set the profession fielding proportion report for second base and performed a report 123 consecutive video games with out an error. He hit .285 with 282 house runs and 344 stolen bases in 16 seasons. Sandberg was inducted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame in 2005.
John Stockton (Gonzaga Prep, Gonzaga)
Although he by no means gained an NBA championship with the Utah Jazz, dropping to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls within the 1997 and ’98 finals, Stockton is the NBA profession chief in assists (15,806) and steals (3,265). A ten-time all-star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Stockton led the NBA in assists a report 9 occasions. He averaged 13.1 factors throughout a 19-year profession and was voted one of many 50 finest NBA gamers of all time. He was inducted to the Basketball Corridor of Fame in 2009.
Tom Sneva (Lewis and Clark, Japanese Washington)
Sneva gained the Indianapolis 500 in 1983 after three runner-up performances. He gained the IndyCar season championship twice and have become the primary driver to high 200 mph in Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Sneva was inducted into the Motorsports Corridor of Fame in 2005.
Angie Bjorklund (College): All-state guard named Gatorade State Participant of the 12 months and WBCA All-American. Earned gold at 2007 FIBA U-19 world championship in Slovakia. Holds profession information at Tennessee for many 3-point makes an attempt in a season (239) and most 3-pointers made in a profession (305). Bjorklund was a part of the college’s final NCAA Division I title, although accidents derailed her WNBA profession.
Gail Cogdill (LC Excessive/WSU): The 1960 NFL Rookie of the 12 months performed in three Professional Bowls and caught 34 landing passes in 11 professional seasons. His 252 receiving yards towards Northwestern in 1958 stood as an NCAA Division I report for 33 years.
Annette Hand (Central Valley/Oregon): Set the American ladies’s report within the 5,000-meter run in 1993. She gained the NCAA 5,000 title in 1988 and later gained U.S. nationwide championships within the 1,500 and three,000 (twice).
Ray Flaherty (Gonzaga Excessive, Gonzaga): Two-time all-pro with the New York Giants. He gained two NFL titles as a participant and two extra as a coach, which earned him enshrinement within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.
Mary Lou Petty (LC): Completed fourth within the 400-meter freestyle on the 1936 Summer season Olympics in Berlin.
The LC grad set a world report for the 300-yard freestyle and held six American swimming information (largely in relays).
Brad Walker (College/Washington): Competed in soccer, basketball and monitor and area for U-Hello. Walker was a four-time NCAA All-American and set the U.S. pole vault report of 19 toes, 9¾ inches in 2008. Walker gained the world indoor title in 2006 and the outside title in 2007.
On the 2012 Summer season Olympics in London, Walker reached the ultimate however completed twelfth.