Shawn Thornton

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Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton Crop.jpg
Born (1977-07-23) July 23, 1977 (age 37)
Oshawa, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Chicago Blackhawks
Anaheim Ducks
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 190th overall, 1997
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1997–present

Shawn Thornton (born July 23, 1977) is a Canadian professional Ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

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.

He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997, 190th overall. He won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks and again in 2011 with the Boston Bruins.

On July 1, 2007, he became an unrestricted free agent and signed a three-year, 1.5 million dollar deal with the Boston Bruins.[1]

Shawn Thornton warming up before a game in 2007.

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.

Thornton was involved in the first fight in the history of the Winter Classic with Philadelphia Flyers agitator Daniel Carcillo on January 1, 2010 at Boston's Fenway Park.[2]

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 his second time, 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..."[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

On October 2, 2010, he and the Boston Bruins played an exhibition game against the Belfast Giants in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where his mother was born.[7]

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).[8][9]

Thornton appeared in the movie Ted, he also made an appearance in the Dropkick Murphy's music video "Going Out In Style"

Thornton is a part-owner of a restaurant in Pembroke, Massachusetts named Turner's Yard. One of Thornton's partners in the venture is retired Major League Baseball pitcher Tim Wakefield.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Oshawa Kiwanis OMHA 43 8 19 28 113
1995–96 Peterborough Petes OHL 63 4 10 14 192 24 3 0 3 25
1996–97 Peterborough Petes OHL 61 19 10 29 204 11 2 4 6 20
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
2001–02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 70 8 14 22 281 4 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 50 11 2 13 213 9 0 2 2 28
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 1 1 2 31
2003–04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 64 6 11 17 259 8 1 1 2 6
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 1 0 1 23
2004–05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 71 5 9 14 263 6 0 0 0 8
2005–06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 59 10 22 32 192 4 0 0 0 35
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 10 0 0 0 16
2006–07 Portland Pirates AHL 15 4 4 8 55
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 48 2 7 9 88 15 0 0 0 19
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 58 4 3 7 74 7 0 0 0 6
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 79 6 5 11 123 10 1 0 1 6
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 74 1 9 10 141 12 0 0 0 4
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 79 10 10 20 122 18 0 1 1 24
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 81 5 8 13 154 5 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 45 3 4 7 60 22 0 4 4 18
2013–14 Boston Bruins NHL 64 5 3 8 74 12 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 559 38 50 88 906 101 1 6 7 81

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