Norfolk’s Johnson named Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Norfolk Admirals center Tyler Johnson has been selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 11, 2012.

Johnson totaled four goals and four assists for eight points as Norfolk swept its three-game road weekend and extended its winning streak to 15 games, two shy of the AHL record.

Opening the weekend in Glens Falls, N.Y., Johnson scored twice in the first period of Norfolk’s 3-1 victory over Adirondack on Friday evening, his second consecutive two-goal game. In Hartford the next night, Johnson assisted on the game-winning tally in the third period and scored an empty-net goal for insurance as the Admirals defeated Connecticut, 3-1. Finally, in Bridgeport on Sunday, Johnson led the way with a goal and three assists in Norfolk’s 6-3 decision over the Sound Tigers, extending his personal scoring streak to seven games (6-9-15).

Johnson, a 21-year-old native of Spokane, Wash., has 24 goals and 28 assists for 52 points in 62 games for Norfolk this season, ranking third among all AHL rookies in scoring. Signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Mar. 7, 2011, Johnson played four junior seasons with Spokane in the WHL, winning a Memorial Cup title in 2008 and helping the United States to a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

In recognition of his achievement, Johnson will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Admirals home game.

Also see: Past winners, AHL Player of the Week