The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Taylor Chorney to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Chorney’s contract is a two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.
Taylor Chorney, 27, played with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2013-14, serving as team captain. He had 25 points (5G-20A) in 69 AHL regular-season games and two points (1G-1A) in nine playoff games. His 20 assists and 25 points were AHL career highs.
The 6-foot, 192-pound blueliner has played parts of four NHL seasons with St. Louis and Edmonton, collecting seven points (1G-6A) in 61 games.
Chorney’s dad, Marc, was a defenseman with the Penguins from 1980-83. Marc Chorney played in 139 regular-season games for Pittsburgh, registering five goals, 18 assists and 23 points.
A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Chorney has played six seasons in the AHL with Springfield, Oklahoma City, Peoria and Chicago notching 27 goals, 96 assists and 123 points in 338 career regular-season games.
Chorney has represented the United States several times internationally, including a gold medal at the 2005 World Under-18 Championship and a bronze medal at the 2007 World Junior Championship. Chorney also suited up for the Americans at the 2006 World Junior Championship and the 2010 World Championsip.
Originally drafted by the Oilers in the second round (36th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft, Chorney played three seasons of college hockey at the University of North Dakota from 2005-08, earning First-Team All-America honors in ’07-08.
Chorney played one season for the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) in ’04-05 and spent two years of prep hockey at Shattuck’s St. Mary’s, the same prep school Sidney Crosby attended.