Shawn Thornton

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For the fictional character, see Sean Thornton (The Quiet Man).
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Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton Crop.jpg
Born (1977-07-23) July 23, 1977 (age 38)
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.

He was then drafted into the NHL by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997, 190th overall, but was traded to the Anaheim Ducks during the 2001-02 season. The Ducks won the 2007 Stanley Cup finals.

On July 1, 2007, he signed a three-year, 1.5 million dollar, deal with the Boston Bruins.[1] The Bruins won their conference in 2009, and in 2011, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

On December 7, 2013, Thornton attacked Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik after Orpik's blind head shot on Thornton's team mate, Loui Eriksson. Thornton punched Orpik in the head twice after he fell to the ice. Orpik sustained a concussion and missed five games.[2] On December 14, 2013, Thornton was suspended for fifteen games.[3]


The Bruins released Thornton at the end of the 2014 season,[4] and he signed to a two-year, $2.4 million contract with the Florida Panthers.[5]

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.[6]

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).[7][8]

Thornton has appeared in the movie Ted and the music video for Dropkick Murphys' "Going Out In Style".

The Shawn Thornton Foundation works to find cures for cancer and Parkinson's disease. 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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