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Stanley Cup lands in two U.S. Division cities

Keith Dwiggins

Fans of the Portland Winterhawks and Spokane Chiefs got an up-close and personal look at the Stanley Cup this week.

Both Clubs hosted visits with the venerable trophy thanks to alumni who were part of the 2021 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

Monday, the Portland Winterhawks welcomed former scout Josh Dye back to the Rose City. Dye, who serves as an amateur scout with the Lightning, worked with his hometown Winterhawks as Director of U.S. Scouting and Player Development before making the jump to the NHL.

“This is really, really special,” Dye told media Monday. “It’s great to come to Portland and share it with the people here.”

Thursday, the Stanley Cup made a stop in Spokane courtesy of forward Tyler Johnson. The Spokane product won a WHL Championship and Memorial Cup with the Chiefs in 2008, and now has a pair of Stanley Cup rings to his name with Tampa Bay.

“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.”

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward proclaimed Thursday Tyler Johnson Day in the city, in recognition of Johnson’s achievements with both the Spokane Chiefs and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Both events drew large crowds and offered fans in the U.S. Division a rare glimpse at the most hallowed trophy in hockey.

The crowd in Spokane also sang “Happy Birthday” to Johnson, who in addition to celebrating his second Stanley Cup win, was also celebrating his 31st birthday.

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