July 23, 1977 |
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)|
|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.
On July 1, 2007, Thornton signed a three-year, 1.5 million dollar, deal with the Boston Bruins. 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
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. 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.
Brooks Orpik Incident
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. Orpik sustained a severe concussion and missed several games due to injuries sustained by Thornton's illegal attack. 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|
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