July 23, 1977 |
Oshawa, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)|
|NHL Draft||190th overall, 1997
Toronto Maple Leafs
Thornton grew up playing minor hockey for his hometown Oshawa Minor Generals of the OMHA's Eastern AAA League. He was drafted in the 9th round (145th overall) by the Peterborough Petes in the 1995 OHL Priority Selection, one year after being originally passed over in the draft as a Midget-aged player.
With the Bruins, Thornton finally became an NHL regular, and he has become famous for taking on famous enforcers like Georges Laraque, Donald Brashear and Derek Boogaard. He also has his own video blog on the Bruins website.
During the 2011 Stanley Cup run, Thornton was a healthy scratch for several games as the Bruins chose to play rookie Tyler Seguin to gain more offense. However, Thornton was inserted into the lineup during Game 3 of the Finals as a turning point for the series. Thornton's physical play changed the tone of the series and the Bruins went on to win four of the last five games with him in the lineup. On June 15, 2011, Shawn Thornton got to lift the Stanley Cup for the second time in 2011, the first time Boston has won since 1972.
On December 7, 2013, Thornton repeatedly punched Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik from behind during a stoppage of play, which resulted in Orpik losing consciousness and sustaining a concussion. He expressed remorse, but added: "That’s always my job, I guess, to defend my teammates..." On December 14, 2013, he was suspended for fifteen games for "punching and injuring an unsuspecting player." Although he appealed the suspension, the punishment was upheld fully by the NHL.
On June 16, 2014, it was announced by Bruins General Manager, Peter Chiarelli, that after 7 seasons with the club Thornton would not be re-signed. Two weeks later on the first day of free agency, Thornton agreed to a two-year contract with the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2014.
Thornton is a cousin of Bill Greer of the Toronto Rock (NLL), Zack Greer of the Edmonton Rush (NLL) and Denver Outlaws (MLL), and Chris Brunt of West Bromwich Albion (Premier League). He is not related to Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks) or Scott Thornton (Retired).
Thornton appeared in the movie Ted, he also made an appearance in the Dropkick Murphy's music video "Going Out In Style"
|1997–98||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||59||0||3||3||225||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||78||8||11||19||354||5||0||0||0||9|
|1999–00||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||60||4||12||16||316||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||79||5||12||17||320||3||1||2||3||2|
- "Bruins sign enforcer Shawn Thornton". Boston Bruins. 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
- "Thornton, Carcillo record first fight at Winter Classic". ESPN. 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
- "Thornton-Orpic attack". Boston.com. 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- Klein, Jeff (2013-12-15). "Breaking the code of justice". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
- "Bruins announce Thornton not returning". National Hockey League. 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2014-06-16.
- "Florida Panthers active on day one of free agency". Florida Panthers. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
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