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Taylor Chorney, who played for the Caps this season, gets chance to celebrate with Cup

Taylor Chorney joined the Washington Capitals in 2015. He spent three years with the organization, including five months this season. But in late February, he was put on waivers and claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets. A month and a half later, ...

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TJ Oshie talks about his experiences in Warroad during an event at the Gardens Tuesday. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Taylor Chorney joined the Washington Capitals in 2015.

He spent three years with the organization, including five months this season.

But in late February, he was put on waivers and claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

A month and a half later, the Washington Capitals began their run to the Stanley Cup.

Chorney missed out on it.

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Despite spending so much time on the Capitals in the last three years, Chorney wasn’t in Las Vegas celebrating when they finally won the Stanley Cup last month.

But he was able to join the celebration on Tuesday night.

Chorney was one of the special guests at T.J. Oshie’s private Stanley Cup party in the Twin Cities.

The paths of Oshie and Chorney have repeatedly crossed since they arrived together at UND as rookies in the fall of 2005.

They helped UND to three-straight Frozen Fours in 2006, 2007 and 2008 before turning pro; Oshie signed with the St. Louis Blues and Chorney with the Edmonton Oilers.

Just a few years later, they connected again in St. Louis when the Blues claimed Chorney off waivers in 2011. Chorney spent three years with the Blues’ organization.

Oshie and Chorney went their separate ways in 2014-15, when Chorney signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. But they re-joined the following summer. Chorney signed a free-agent deal with the Capitals one day before Washington traded to get Oshie.

Chorney was just one of many former UND players who were on hand to celebrate with Oshie and the Stanley Cup on Tuesday night.

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The party also included Shane Gersich (who played three regular-season and two playoff games with the Capitals), Dean Grillo (Oshie’s agent), Evan Trupp, Ben Blood, Danny Kristo, Brad Miller, Scott Koberinski, Joe Finley, Zach Jones, Aaron Walski, Andrew Kozek, Brock Boeser and Cary Eades.

Eades coached Oshie in high school for two seasons at Warroad. The duo led the Warriors to the Minnesota state championship in 2003 -- and they were both champions again this year.

Oshie won the Stanley Cup and Eades won the Clark Cup as head coach of the United States Hockey League champion Fargo Force.

Eades brought the Clark Cup to the Twin Cities to get a photo with Oshie and the Stanley Cup.

Earlier on Tuesday, Oshie posed for a photo in front of the Warroad water tower with high school classmate Gigi Marvin and her 2018 Olympic gold medal.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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