Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tom Chorske
Tom Chorske was selected by the Montreal Canadiens 16th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Chorske played two years of NCAA hockey at the University of Minnesota. In 1986-87, he played in 47 games for the Golden Gophers, scoring 20 goals and 42 points.

In 1989-90, Chorske played 14 games with the Montreal Canadiens, scoring three goals and an assist. After another season in Montreal, he joined the New Jersey Devils, playing 76 games in 1991-92, scoring 19 goals and 36 points. In 1993-94, he had his finest offensive production, scoring 21 goals and 41 points but it was the following season which was by far the most satisfying for Chorske, his teammates and fans of the Devils. After several years of being near the top of the NHL, the Devils finally put it all together in the spring of 1995, defeating the Detroit Red Wings in four straight games in the Stanley Cup finals.

Chorske's best memories stem from his day of having the Cup back in Minneapolis, to show all the people of the city. Chorske's Stanley Cup tour also included a stop at a local restaurant where his parents would go to watch the Devils play on satellite television.

In 1995-96, Chorske joined the Ottawa Senators where he played for two years before heading to New York to suit up for the Islanders. During the 1998-99 season, he was sent to the Washington Capitals for 17 games before finally ending up in Calgary. In 1999-2000, Chorske played 33 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, his final stop in the NHL. In 2000-01, he appeared in 78 games for the Houston Aeros of the now defunct IHL, scoring 27 goals and 52 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Southwest High Lakers High-MN 23 44 26 70
1985-86 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 6 4 10 16
1985-86 United States WJC-A 7 1 0 1 2
1986-87 University of Minnesota WCHA 47 20 22 42 20
1987-88 United States Nat-Tm 36 9 16 25 24
1988-89 University of Minnesota WCHA 37 25 24 49 28
1988-89 United States WEC-A 9 2 1 3 6
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 3 1 4 2 +2
1989-90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 59 22 24 46 54 12 4 4 8 8
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 2 0 1 1 0
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 9 11 20 32 -8
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 19 17 36 32 +8 7 0 3 3 4
1992-93 New Jersey Devils NHL 50 7 12 19 25 -1 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Utica Devils AHL 6 1 4 5 2
1993-94 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 21 20 41 32 +14 20 4 3 7 0
1994-95 SG Milano Saima Italy 7 11 5 16 6
1994-95 SG Milano Saima EuroHL 4 6 7 13 2
1994-95 New Jersey Devils NHL 42 10 8 18 16 -4 17 1 5 6 4
1995-96 Ottawa Senators NHL 72 15 14 29 21 -9
1995-96 United States WC-A 8 1 2 3 16
1996-97 Ottawa Senators NHL 68 18 8 26 16 -1 5 0 1 1 2
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 82 12 23 35 39 +7
1997-98 United States WC-A 6 1 1 2 0
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 1 1 2 +1
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 17 0 2 2 4 -4
1998-99 Calgary Flames NHL 7 0 0 0 2 -5
1998-99 United States WC-A 6 1 1 2 4
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 1 5 6 2 -2
2000-01 Houston Aeros IHL 78 27 25 52 36 -7 7 3 2 5 4
NHL Totals 596 115 122 237 225 50 5 12 17 10


Minnesota High School - Player of the Year (1985)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1989)
Traded to New Jersey by Montreal with Stephane Richer for Kirk Muller and Roland Melanson, September 20, 1991. Claimed on waivers by Ottawa from New Jersey, October 5, 1995. Claimed by NY Islanders from Ottawa in Waiver Draft, September 28, 1997. Traded to Washington by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 8th round pick (Maxim Orlov) in 1999 NHL Draft for Washington's 6th round pick (Bjorn Melin) in 1999 NHL Draft, October 16, 1998. Traded to Calgary by Washington for Calgary's 7th round pick (later traded to Los Angeles - Los Angeles selected Tim Eriksson) in 2000 NHL Draft and Washington's 9th round pick (previously acquired, Washington selected Bjorn Nord) in 2000 NHL Draft, March 22, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, September 2, 1999.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to thumb injury vs. NY Islanders, February 3, 2000.
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