While the Capitals were presented with their Stanley Cup rings many months ago following the franchise’s first championship nearly a year ago, there was one member of last season’s team who was not present for the team’s Game 5 Cup-clinching contest on June 7, nor the subsequent celebrations, and that was defenseman Taylor Chorney. Placed on waivers just four months before the team won, the Capitals presented their former teammate with a Stanley Cup ring of his own earlier today as a surprise.
Signed by the Caps to a one-year deal in the summer of 2015, Chorney would play 55 games in his first season in D.C., stepping into the lineup to provide depth in the wake of injuries to Brooks Orpik and John Carlson, both were the club’s top-pairing that season. He recorded a career-high six points in those 55 games, and would play 42 more games with the Capitals, before being placed on waivers and being subsequently claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets in February 2018, just four months before the Caps would capture the Stanley Cup. In a video shared to Twitter by College Hockey Writer Brad Schlossman, Brooks Orpik and the Capitals present Chorney (who is in town) with a Cup ring of his own, with Chorney exclaiming, “I don’t know what to say boys”.:
This is pretty awesome. Taylor Chorney, who was with the Washington Capitals until late last season, went to visit his old teammates… and they had quite the surprise for him. VIDEO >>> pic.twitter.com/vjvpac2edn
— Brad E. Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) April 6, 2019
In parts of three seasons with the Capitals, Chorney played in 97 games, recording three goals and 15 points, with a plus-15 rating while averaging 13:20 of ice time. Chorney signed a two-year deal with Swiss team HC Lugano in July of last year, and recorded 25 points in 48 games played this past season.
NBC Sports Washington’s Brent Johnson later commented that he had heard five Capitals players chipped in to buy Chorney the ring.
By Michael Fleetwood