Steve Thornton

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Steve Thornton
Born (1973-03-08) March 8, 1973 (age 44)
Gloucester, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
EIHL team
Former teams
Cardiff Devils
London Knights
Basingstoke Bison
Belfast Giants
Playing career 1995–present

Steve Thornton (born March 8, 1973 in Gloucester, Ontario) is a former professional Canadian ice hockey player.


Apart from playing junior hockey with the Gloucester Rangers, college hockey with Boston University and one season in the International Hockey League with the Peoria Rivermen, Thornton's career has been played in Europe. He has single season spells in Austria with Klagenfurt and in Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga with the Adler Mannheim before moving to the United Kingdom, spending five seasons with the Cardiff Devils. He also had spells with the London Knights and the Belfast Giants where he won the playoff cup in 2003. He then moved to Italy, spending two seasons with Val Pusteria Wolves and then had spells in Switzerland and Sweden before returning to Britain, joined the Basingstoke Bison.

Coaching career[edit]

On April 7, 2008, Thornton was confirmed as the new player/coach of the Belfast Giants, replacing Ed Courtenay and in two seasons in charge he guided the Giants to three trophies. He departed in 2010 and was replaced by Doug Christiansen.

On Monday 28 April 2014, Thornton returned as coach of the Belfast Giants, under taking the wider role of Head of Hockey Operations upon the departure of, Belfast Giants General Manager, Todd Kelman.[1]


Thornton has acquired British citizenship.

Thornton was formerly a real estate agent with Paul Rushforth Real Estate in Ottawa, Ontario. [1]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michael Spalla
Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award
Succeeded by
Todd Hall