Tyler Johnson is all in.
To borrow another poker phrase, Johnson and many of his Syracuse Crunch teammates are looking to make it two of a kind -- as in Calder Cup championship rings.
After winning the American Hockey League championship with the record-setting Norfolk Admirals last year, Johnson and the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning's top prospects moved 500 miles north to Syracuse, N.Y., in an affiliation change. Now, with a different crest on their jerseys, they’re heading into the Calder Cup Finals again.
"Last year we had an unbelievable year," Johnson said. "It was a dream come true to win the Calder Cup and have so much success. And going into this year, we wanted to repeat as champions. Having that success last year gave us that confidence.
"We've been through it all, so it's helped to keep us on track and motivated through this entire year."