July 23, 1977 |
Oshawa, ON, CAN
|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, he signed a three-year, 1.5 million dollar, deal with the Boston Bruins. The Bruins used Thornton in a very limited role as an enforcer, being that he was never 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, the Bruins organization informed Thornton that they would not be resigning him, ending his career in Boston. He later managed to sign to a two-year contract with the Florida Panthers, who were the second to last place team in the NHL at the time. During his first season with the Panthers, Thornton experienced his worst season in 10 years, accruing only 5 points during the entire NHL season.
Brooks Orpik Incident
On December 7, 2013, Brooks Orpik hit Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson, resulting in a concussion to the latter. Thornton took exception to the hit, and followed by slew-footing Orpik. After Orpik fell on his back due to the slew-foot, Thornton delivered a series of punches to Orpik, rendering him unconscious. Thornton was suspended for 15 games for the incident.
Thornton founded the Thornton Foundation in 2013 http://www.thorntonfoundation.org and is dedicated to helping find cures for diseases close to Shawn's heart, specifically, Parkinson's and cancer. The Foundation will work towards this mission by raising awareness, funding innovative research and helping to relieve the burden and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
|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|
- "Bruins sign Shawn Thornton". Boston Bruins. 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
- "Bruins announce Thornton not returning". National Hockey League. 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2014-06-16.
- "Florida Panthers active on day one of free agency". Florida Panthers. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
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