UAF hockey's Johnson and Kunyk get NHL deals

Submitted 2 years 1 month ago by jcook.

FAIRBANKS-It's been a nice week for a couple of standout former Nanook hockey players in regards to their NHL careers.

Former UAF goalie and CCHA player of the year Chad Johnson will be staying on the East Coast but will a New York Islander next year.

Johnson inked a two year 2.6 million dollar deal this week. He went 17-4-3 in 27 games saving at 92 percent and allowing but 2.1 goals a game for the Boston Bruins. He played behind Tukka Rask who won the Vezina trophy for best goaltender.

Johnson will support Jaroslav Halak who signed a four year deal with the Islanders and went 29-13-7 in 52 games last year. Johnson played in 79 games for the Nooks and his seven shutouts are tied with assistant coach Wylie Rogers for second most all-time. Johnson will be a part of Islander teams that will close out the Nassau Coliseum this season and move into the Barclay's Center in 2015-2016.

Cody Kunyk received a qualifying offer from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. He was a restricted free agent at the end of this past season after signing with Tampa Bay in March. Tampa Bay has the right to refuse an offer from other NHL clubs seeking Kunyk.

Last year's WCHA Player of the Year only had 10 minutes of ice time and two shots on goal in one game for the Lightning but they like what they see. Kunyk is top 15 on the all-time UAF scoring list with 133 points in 148 career games. He scored 43 points to lead the WCHA in his senior season.