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, currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Thornton played 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. It was his second year attempting to be drafted into the OHL, as no team was interested in him during the 1994 draft.

He was then drafted into the NHL by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997, 190th overall. During the 2006-2007 season, Thornton spent half of the season in the AHL and half in the NHL. The Anaheim Ducks won the Stanley Cup during that season.

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

With the Bruins, Thornton was mostly known for fighting other players. Thornton was even involved in the first fight in the history of the Winter Classic with Philadelphia Flyers Daniel Carcillo on January 1, 2010 at Boston's Fenway Park.[2]

During the 2011 Stanley Cup run, Thornton was a healthy scratch for much of the series. On June 15, 2011, The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

On December 7, 2013, Thornton attacked Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik from behind during a stoppage of play minutes after a hit on Thornton's team mate, Loui Eriksson. Thornton punched Orpik several times in the head. Thornton continued to punch Orpik in the head as he fell to the ice and even continued to punch him as he lay unconscious on the ice. Orpik sustained a serious concussion and missed several games as a result. [3] On December 14, 2013, Thornton was suspended for fifteen games for "punching and injuring an unsuspecting player." It was by far the longest suspension given to a player for injuring another player during the 2013-2014 season. Thornton attempted to appeal the suspension, but the NHL rejected the appeal.[4]

Less than one year later, on June 16, 2014, it was announced by Bruins General Manager, Peter Chiarelli, that Thornton and the Bruins would part ways and he would not be re-signed.[5] Soon after, during free agency, Thornton agreed to a two-year contract with the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2014, a team which had the second to worst record in the NHL during that season.[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).[8][9]

Thornton has appeared in the movie Ted and the music video for Dropkick Murphys' "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
2014–15 Florida Panthers NHL 46 1 4 5 50
NHL totals 605 39 54 93 956 101 1 6 7 81

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