Pickleball will have to wait.
Tyler Johnson will put off one of his favorite offseason training regimens to don the red, white and blue jersey and represent the United States at the World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
The events starts today, when the U.S. takes on the host country at 1:45 p.m. in a preliminary game in Group A, which also includes Switzerland, Russia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Finland and Germany. Group play concludes May 20, and the quarterfinals start May 22.
Johnson is one of six Lightning players or prospects in the tournament, joining goaltenders Kristers Gudlevskis (Latvia), Andrei Vasilevskiy (Russia) and Jaroslav Janus (Slovakia), defenseman Dmitry Korobov (Belarus) and right wing Richard Panik (Slovakia).
Johnson, 23, set a Lightning rookie record with 24 goals and is one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy awarded to the NHL Rookie of the Year. He is competing for his country for the second time after helping the United States win a gold medal at the...