July 23, 1977 |
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)|
|Played for||Chicago Blackhawks
|NHL Draft||190th overall, 1997
Toronto Maple Leafs
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.
Thornton attempted to be drafted in the 1996 NHL draft but was not selected by any team. He was then drafted into the NHL by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997, 190th overall, Thornton never played for Toronto and was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2001–02 season. After six seasons back and forth between the NHL and AHL between the Chicago and Anaheim Ducks franchises, Thornton won his first career Stanley Cup in his final season with the Ducks in 2006–07.
On July 1, 2007, Thornton signed a three-year, 1.5 million dollar, deal with the Boston Bruins. During a seven-year tenure in Boston, Thornton won his second career Stanley Cup during the 2010–11 season in which he also tallied career high numbers in goals (10), assists (10), points (20) and +/– (8).
At the end of the 2013–14 season, the Bruins organization informed Thornton that they would not be resigning him, ending his career in Boston. That summer, he signed a two-year contract with the Florida Panthers. At the end of his contract, he re-signed with Florida for one year.
On April 6, 2017, Thornton announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season and played his final game on April 8. During the announcement of his retirement, he revealed that he would be joining the Panthers' front office in a business related position after the conclusion of his playing career.
Brooks Orpik incident
On December 7, 2013, Thornton attacked Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik after Orpik's hit on Loui Eriksson early in the first period in the game. Thornton approached Orpik from behind during a stoppage of play and began punching him in the head and knocking him unconscious as he lay on the ice. The incident caused many writers to compare it to one of the worst attacks in NHL history, the Todd Bertuzzi–Steve Moore incident. Orpik sustained a severe concussion and missed several games due to injuries sustained. On December 14, 2013, Thornton was suspended for fifteen games. He tried to appeal this decision but the league upheld his full suspension and monetary fine.
Thornton founded the Thornton Foundation in 2013, which among other things, funds research into finding cures for Parkinson's disease and cancer.
Thornton is a cousin of Bill Greer of the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), Zack Greer of the Saskatchewan Rush (NLL) and Denver Outlaws of the Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and Chris Brunt of West Bromwich Albion (Premier League).
|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|
Awards and honours
|Stanley Cup (Anaheim Ducks)||2007|
|Stanley Cup (Boston Bruins)||2011|
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