Shawn Thornton

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Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton - Florida Panthers.png
Born (1977-07-23) July 23, 1977 (age 39)
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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 ice hockey player 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.

Drafted into the NHL by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997, 190th overall, Thornton never played for Toronto and was traded to the Anaheim Ducks during the 2001-02 season.

On July 1, 2007, Thornton signed a three-year, 1.5 million dollar, deal with the Boston Bruins.[1] The Bruins used Thornton in a limited role as an enforcer, and never was able to accrue many points during an NHL season. With Thornton kept to a minimum amount of ice-time, the Bruins won their conference in 2009, and in 2011, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup

On October 2, 2010, Thornton and the Bruins played an exhibition game against the Belfast Giants in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

At the end of the 2013-2014 season, a season during which Thornton was suspended for the Thornton-Orpik Incident,[clarification needed] the Bruins organization informed Thornton that they would not be resigning him, ending his career in Boston.[2] He later signed a two-year contract with the Florida Panthers, who were the second-to-last place team in the NHL at the time.[3]

Brooks Orpik Incident[edit]

On December 7, 2013, Thornton assaulted Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik after Orpik's legal hit on Loui Eriksson. Thornton approached Orpik from behind, during a stoppage of play, and assaulted him, punching him in the head several times and knocking him unconscious. Thornton continued punching Orpik in the head after he fell to the ice while unconscious. The assault was so vicious that many writers compared it to one of the worst attacks in NHL history, the Todd Bertuzzi–Steve Moore incident.[4] Orpik sustained a severe concussion and missed several games due to injuries sustained by Thornton's illegal attack.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Thornton founded the Thornton Foundation in 2013, which among other things, funds research into finding cures for Parkinson's disease and cancer.[7]

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).[8][9]

Thornton was 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
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 50 1 4 5 80 4 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 655 40 58 98 1036 105 1 6 7 83

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bruins sign Shawn Thornton". Boston Bruins. 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  2. ^ "Bruins announce Thornton not returning". National Hockey League. 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Florida Panthers active on day one of free agency". Florida Panthers. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Thornton Incident". "The Hockey Writers". 2013-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Thornton-Orpic attack". Boston.com. 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  6. ^ Klein, Jeff (2013-12-15). "Breaking the code of justice". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  7. ^ . The Shawn Thornton Foundation http://www.thorntonfoundation.org/. Retrieved 14 September 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ For Dawson, '09 Truly a Career Year
  9. ^ "Czech-ing In with Roarke". NHL.com. Retrieved 2016-09-14. 

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