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After thirteen seasons playing professional hockey, which include eight in the NHL, former Washington Capitals defenseman Taylor Chorney has hung up his skates. The 33-year-old announced his retirement on Thursday.
Chorney said on social media, “It has been a heck of a journey over the last 13 years. Hockey has always been at the front of my mind but with some time now to reflect, the friendships and experiences along the way are what I will cherish the most. Thanks to everyone I’ve had the pleasure of ‘working’ with along the way.”
He played for the University of North Dakota and was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers (36th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa. Chorney also played for Team USA in the World Juniors Championships in 2006 and 2007.
In the NHL, Chorney made his debut on April 10, 2009, against the Calgary Flames. He would score his first goal nearly two years later on February 15, 2011, against the Dallas Stars.
He was claimed off of waivers by the St. Louis Blues in October 2011 but returned to the Oilers one month later. Chorney signed a one-year deal with the Blues in July 2011. Two years later, the defenseman signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins and played for their AHL affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Chorney would head to the District on July 1, 2015, after signing a one-year contract as a free agent. He spent three seasons with the Capitals but was placed on waivers on February 20, 2018 — less than four months before Washington would win their first Stanley Cup. The Columbus Blue Jackets would claim him off of waivers.
Chorney was presented a Stanley Cup ring in April 2019 by his former Capitals teammates:
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 Elliott Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) April 6, 2019
Chorney played in 97 games with the Capitals, recording three goals and 15 points. In July 2018, Chorney left the NHL for a two-year contract with HC Lugano in Switzerland of the NL. His final season (2020-21) playing was with EC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria in the ICE Hockey League.
By Della Young