Tom Chorske

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Tom Chorske
Born (1966-09-18) September 18, 1966 (age 56)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Canadiens
New Jersey Devils
Ottawa Senators
New York Islanders
Washington Capitals
Calgary Flames
Pittsburgh Penguins
National teamFlag of the United States.svg  United States
NHL Draft 16th overall, 1985
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 19892001

Thomas Patrick Chorske (born September 18, 1966) is an American former professional ice hockey player. A forward, he played for eleven seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). In September, 2006, he was named color commentator for New Jersey Devils radio broadcasts, a position he only held for one season before resigning. He was replaced with former team color commentator Sherry Ross (who called games from 1992–1995). Chorske returned to Minnesota and now works in business and is hockey analyst for Fox Sports North covering The NHL Minnesota Wild and University of Minnesota Golden Gopher NCAA hockey games.


In 2020, he was named the general manager of the St. Cloud Blizzard in the North American Hockey League. [1]

Playing career

Following an outstanding high school hockey career at Minneapolis Southwest High School, Chorske was named Mr. Hockey as the state's most outstanding high school player 1985, the inaugural year for the award. Soon after, Tom was selected by the Montreal Canadiens 16th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

After being drafted, Chorske played two seasons of NCAA hockey at the University of Minnesota followed by a year playing with the 1987–88 US National Team preparing for the Winter Olympics in Calgary. Unfortunately, Chorske was the last player cut from the team as they headed to Calgary for the Olympics. Tom returned to the University of Minnesota for the 1988–89 season and was instrumental in the team's success that year.

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 year, 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 to claim the Stanley Cup.

In 1995–96, Chorske joined the Ottawa Senators where he played for two seasons and helped them make their first modern era playoff appearance in 1997. He then headed to New York to suit up for the Islanders where he scored 35 points, including 4 short-handed tallies. During the 1998–99 season, he was sent to the Washington Capitals but had abdominal surgery and was limited to 17 games before finally ending up in Calgary at the trade deadline. 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 International Hockey League, scoring 27 goals and 52 points.

Chorske's NHL totals were 596 games, 115 goals, 122 assists, for 237 points. Overall, he played in 733 professional games before retiring. He also played on several Team USA World Championship teams, twice winning bronze medals.

Personal life

Chorske played quarterback for Minneapolis Southwest High School football team in 1984 and 1985. He was named to his high school all-conference first team in 1984–85 and named the inaugural Mr Hockey in 1985 as Minnesota's top senior high school hockey player.

He competed in 1985 U.S. National Sports Festival in Baton Rouge, La. and played on first U.S. team to win a medal at World Junior Championships when he won bronze medal in 1986. He also competed in 1986 U.S. National Sports Festival in Houston.

In college, he tied for the University of Minnesota (WCHA) scoring title with 49 points and was All-WCHA First Team in 1988–89. He left the University of Minnesota after his junior year to pursue pro hockey career with the Montreal Canadiens. He was on Montreal team that joined Minnesota to compete in the 1990 NHL Friendship Tour in Soviet Union.

During the 1994–95 NHL lockout, he played in Italy.

Chorske retired from hockey in 2002 and returned to University of Minnesota to complete his undergraduate degree. He was later hired as an analyst for Fox Sports North for the NHL Minnesota Wild and University of Minnesota Gopher's Hockey broadcasts in October 2010 until 2020. He also makes regular appearances on Twin Cities sports radio programs and the Minnesota State High School hockey tournament broadcasts.

Awards and honors

All-WCHA First Team 1988–89 [2]
Stanley Cup champion 1994–95

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1982–83 Southwest High School HS-MN
1983–84Southwest High SchoolHS-MN
1984–85Southwest High SchoolHS-MN23442670
1985–86 University of Minnesota WCHA 39641016
1986–87 University of MinnesotaWCHA4720224220
1987–88 United States National Team Intl369162524
1988–89 University of MinnesotaWCHA3725244928
1989–90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 5922244654124488
1989–90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 143142
1990–91 Montreal CanadiensNHL579112032
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL761917363270334
1992–93 Utica Devils AHL61452
1992–93 New Jersey DevilsNHL50712192510000
1993–94 New Jersey DevilsNHL7621204132204370
1994–95 HC Devils Milano ITA 7115166
1994–95 HC Devils Milano ALP 467132
1994–95 New Jersey DevilsNHL421081816171564
1995–96 Ottawa Senators NHL7215142921
1996–97 Ottawa SenatorsNHL68188261650112
1997–98 New York Islanders NHL8212233539
1998–99 New York IslandersNHL20112
1998–99 Washington Capitals NHL170224
1998–99 Calgary Flames NHL70002
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL331562
2000–01 Houston Aeros IHL 782725523673254
NHL totals596115122237225505121710


Medal record
Representing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
World Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1996 Austria
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1986 Canada
YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1986 United States WJC 71012
1989 United States WC 92136
1996 United StatesWC812316
1998 United StatesWC61120
1999 United StatesWC61124
Senior totals29551026

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  1. "Millen and Chorske take over reigns in St. Cloud". NAHL. April 2, 2020.
  2. "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
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