Shawn Thornton

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Shawn Thornton
Born(1977-07-23) July 23, 1977 (age 35)
Oshawa, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)
PositionLeft/right wing
ShootsRight
NHL team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
Chicago Blackhawks
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft190th overall, 1997
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career1997–present
 
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Shawn Thornton
Born(1977-07-23) July 23, 1977 (age 35)
Oshawa, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)
PositionLeft/right wing
ShootsRight
NHL team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
Chicago Blackhawks
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft190th overall, 1997
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career1997–present

Shawn Thornton (born July 23, 1977) is a Canadian professional hockey forward for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He is known to be an enforcer.

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Playing career

Thornton grew up playing 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, one year after being originally passed over in the draft as a Midget-aged player.

He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997, 190th overall. He won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks and again in 2011 with the Boston Bruins.

On July 1, 2007, he became an unrestricted free agent and signed a three-year, 1.5 million dollar deal with the Boston Bruins.[1]

Shawn Thornton warming up before a game in 2007.

With the Bruins, Thornton finally became an NHL regular, and he has become famous for taking on famous enforcers like Georges Laraque, Donald Brashear and Riley Cote. He also has his own video blog on the Bruins website.

Thornton was involved in the first fight in the history of the Winter Classic with Philadelphia Flyers agitator Daniel Carcillo on January 1, 2010 at Boston's Fenway Park.[2]

During the 2011 Stanley Cup run, Thornton was a healthy scratch for several games as the Bruins chose to play rookie Tyler Seguin to gain more offense. However, many[who?] credit the insertion of Thornton into the line-up during Game 3 of the Finals as a turning point for the series. Thornton's physical play changed the tone of the series and the Bruins went on to win four of the last five games with him in the line-up. On June 15, 2011, Shawn Thornton got to lift the Stanley Cup for the second time in 2011, the first time Boston has won since 1972.

Personal life

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.[3]

Thornton is a cousin of Bill Greer of the Edmonton Rush, Chris Brunt of West Bromwich Albion and Zack Greer of the Minnesota Swarm.[4][5] He is not related to cousins Joe Thornton (currently with San Jose) and Scott Thornton (a former NHL player who retired in 2008).

Career statistics

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1994–95Oshawa KiwanisOMHA4381928113
1995–96Peterborough PetesOHL63410141922430325
1996–97Peterborough PetesOHL611910292041124620
1997–98St. John's Maple LeafsAHL59033225
1998–99St. John's Maple LeafsAHL788111935450009
1999–00St. John's Maple LeafsAHL6041216316
2000–01St. John's Maple LeafsAHL795121732031232
2001–02Norfolk AdmiralsAHL708142228140004
2002–03Norfolk AdmiralsAHL5011213213902228
2002–03Chicago BlackhawksNHL1311231
2003–04Norfolk AdmiralsAHL646111725981126
2003–04Chicago BlackhawksNHL810123
2004–05Norfolk AdmiralsAHL71591426360008
2005–06Norfolk AdmiralsAHL59102232192400035
2005–06Chicago BlackhawksNHL1000016
2006–07Portland PiratesAHL1544855
2006–07Anaheim DucksNHL48279881500019
2007–08Boston BruinsNHL584377470006
2008–09Boston BruinsNHL796511123101016
2009–10Boston BruinsNHL741910141120004
2010–11Boston BruinsNHL791010201221801124
2011–12Boston BruinsNHL81581315450000
NHL totals4503043737726711259

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