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Johnson inks deal with Hawks, plays tonight

Ryan Johnson is back in the NHL. The Chicago Blackhawks on Friday confirmed the Thunder Bay native has inked a one-year deal with the defending Stanley Cup champions, where he’ll join hometown teammate Patrick Sharp in the Windy City.
Ryan Johnson is back in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks on Friday confirmed the Thunder Bay native has inked a one-year deal with the defending Stanley Cup champions, where he’ll join hometown teammate Patrick Sharp in the Windy City.

The 34-year-old, signed earlier this month to a tryout deal with the Hawks American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford, Ill., is expected to dress on Friday night when Chicago hosts Detroit on Chris Chelios Heritage night.

Johnson, a veteran of 667 NHL games, last played for Vancouver in 2009-10, before leaving as a free agent. He has 37 goals and 79 assists and is known as one of the league’s top shot blockers.

Drafted by Florida, Johnson has also played for Tampa Bay and St. Louis in his 12-year career. He’s expected to wear jersey No. 17 with Chicago.


Leith Dunick

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A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith has been the editor of Thunder Bay Source for 17 years and has served a similar role with TBNewsWatch.com since 2009. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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