NHL champ, Spokane native Tyler Johnson brings Stanley Cup to first responders
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Stanley Cup is in Spokane!
NHL champion and former Chiefs player Tyler Johnson, a Spokane native, brought the trophy to town on Thursday.
The first stop was at the Spokane Fire Department, where firefighters and first responders got their chance at a photo op. The second stop was at the Spokane Arena for fans.
Outside of the arena hundreds of fans lined up for a chance to take a picture with the Stanley Cup, some waiting since morning. Once Johnson arrived in the afternoon, Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward declared July 29, Tyler Johnson day in the city. The day also happens to coincide with his birthday.
“I know how big of hockey fans everyone is here. There’s a lot of kids that grew up wanting to see the cup, so for me to be able to bring it back in front of everyone that supported me throughout this entire time is just a dream come true,” said Johnson.
“Everyone here is obviously so proud of Tyler and the ambassador he has become for the Spokane Chiefs and the city of Spokane as a whole,” said Spokane Chiefs managing partner Bobby Brett. “For him to offer the Cup for this kind of event, especially when he gets it to himself for just 16 hours, is really special. Thank you to Tyler and the Johnson family. Once a Chief, always a Chief!”
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