Let’s get to know more about Taylor Chorney, Lugano new import player.
Did he really get the chance he deserved in the NHL? Is he the right man to lead Lugano to the title for the first time since over 10 years? Let’s see…
Date of Birth: 27.04.1987
Place of Birth: THUNDER BAY, ON, CAN
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 87 kg
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April 27, 1987.
That’s right. He was born on April 27… is it a sign of destiny or what? How to forget in fact that, on April 27, 2018, the day of Taylor Chorney’s birthday, Lugano lost at home game-7 of last season finals against Zürich!
We were saying thouth. Taylor Chorney was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A city of over 100’000 inhabitants that gave birth to countless professional hockey players. Including Eric Staal (over 1’000 NHL appearances) and his brother Jordan (almost 1’000 NHL appearances). But also the Pyatt’s brothers, Tom and Taylor, who player over here in Switzerland during the 2014-15 season in Genève.
Taylor Chorney was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers as the 36th overall pick during the 2005 draft. It was the year of Sidney Crosby’s draft, just to say…
After that, Taylor played for the University of Dakota and also represented the USA National Team at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. Including the last year, as the team’s captain.
Starting from the 2008-09 season instead, his professional career took off. The Edmonton Oilers assigned him to their AHL farm team (Springfield Falcons) but he also made his NHL debut on April 10, 2009, against the Calgary Flames.
The following season the Oilers gave him more playing time and it seemed like his NHL career was really about to start. Yet, it didn’t really go like that… Until the end of the 2014-15 season in fact, Taylor Chorney transferred firstly to the St. Louis Blues and then to the Pittsburgh Penguins. But most of the time, he spent the season in their respective AHL farm teams.
Then, the big occasion! His tenacity paid off on July 1st, 2015, when the Washington Capitals signed Taylor Chorney and gave him the opportunity to show off his value. The 2015-16 season was probably the best one for Taylor, as he collected 62 NHL appearances (7 during playoffs) and added 7 points!
Starting from next season though, Taylor Chorney once again played only a marginal role for the team. Oftentimes he was forced to look at his teammates from the stands. And finally, the Washington Capitals placed him on waivers on February 20, 2018…. The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed him the following day. But Taylor played only one game in Columbus.
Perhaps it was time for a change in order to enjoy more playing time. And so here we are. He joined Hockey Club Lugano!
According to Eliteprospects, Taylor Chorney is an offensive defenseman, a tremendous skater and a good passer.
However, as usual we want to get to know more about the player. And so we searched for someone who was following him closely in the recent past.
We had therefore the pleasure to meet Ben Raby, who is host at “Capitals Radio” (the official audio channel of the Washington Capitals) and WashingtonPostExpress Capitals Reporter. We mean, who better than him can really talk to us about Taylor Chorney? As usual, we asked about the player’s strenghts and weaknesses… below, his impressions on Taylor.
Among Taylor Chorney strengths: His mobility *with* the puck. He can scoot. He’s a good puck handler, can lead the rush up ice. He’s by no means an offensive-minded defenseman, but he can lead the play up ice.
Not much in his game will blow you away – he’s not a flashy player – but he’s steady, smart and responsible.
His offensive numbers were limited in NHL… didn’t see any power-play time. Saw some time on the Capitals’ penalty kill when he played.
In NHL, he was very much a 6-7 type defenseman and when he played, it was limited minutes on a third pair. In fact he was frequently an ‘extra’ defenseman… a healthy scratch.
That said, when he played consistently, he was at his best. You can see he’d gain confidence the more he played. He played quite a bit during his first year in Washington, 2015-16, when injuries limited teammates Brooks Orpik and John Carlson.
During 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, though, Chorney’s opportunities were limited and he’d only play occasionally. In those cases, he sometimes struggled, just as anyone would… Not easy to play once every three weeks when everyone else is playing every game.
He could sometimes be caught flat-footed by elite NHL players, as evidenced by this goal from Nikita Kucherov:
Overall, away from the rink, a class act. Great guy to deal with for the media.
His father March Choney played in NHL in 1980s
Chorney played college hockey (university) at North Dakota where his teammates included Jonathan Toews and T.J. Oshie.
Thank you very much, Ben!
During the 2006-07 season, at the University of Dakota, Taylor Chorney was a teammate of Chay Genoway. The latter, is the brother of Colby Genoway… who spent almost 10 seasons in Switzerland playing for several different teams. Including HC Lugano, that was actually the first Swiss team he joined!
On December 30, 2005, at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Taylor Chorney was lined-up for the game USA vs Switzerland. The game ended 2-2 with Switzerland able to come back from two goals down thanks to Eric Blum and Mathias Joggi. To note that, on that day, three future teammates of Taylor Chorney were lined-up for Switzerland… We are talking about Dario Bürgler, Julian Walker and the current team’s Captain Alessandro Chiesa (he was assessed also a two minutes minor penalty for tripping during that game, we just don’t know if he tripped Taylor Chorney…)!
Taylor, are you ready for a derby against Ambrì-Piotta? You will be face to face with someone who was your teammate during the 2008-09 season while you played for the Springfield Falcons (AHL). We are talking about the new import player of Ambrì-Piotta… Bryan Lerg!
Between the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons, Taylor Chorney was a teammate of Mark Arcobello (two seasons at the Oklahoma City Barons) and then of Andrew Ebbett (one season at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins). Just to say… we are talking about two of the leaders of SC Bern, one of the main rivals of Lugano!
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