Capitals Present Former Teammate Taylor Chorney With Stanley Cup Ring

Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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”.:

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

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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3 Responses to Capitals Present Former Teammate Taylor Chorney With Stanley Cup Ring

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  2. Rick Hixenbaugh says:

    This gesture is a great example of the unique and special bond that exists on teams all across the hockey world ! Can’t say however, that I’m not a little disappointed that the idea (and it’s execution) didn’t come directly from the Capitals organisation itself.

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    • Mitch says:

      The Capital organization finally overcame it’s own ineptitude in winning the cup last year. How many previous years playoffs ended with Caps teams, containing superior talent to last years squad, being prematurely ousted. Trost, Reardon and McClellan all showed the same level of loyalty to Chorney as they ultimately did towards each other. This lack of character will definitely NOT result in a repeat.

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