Shawn Thornton

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Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton - Florida Panthers.png
Born (1977-07-23) July 23, 1977 (age 41)
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)
Position Winger
Shot Right
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Anaheim Ducks
Boston Bruins
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft 190th overall, 1997
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1997–2017

Shawn Thornton (born July 23, 1977) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was known as an enforcer and for fighting during NHL games.

Playing career

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.

Thornton attempted to be drafted in the 1996 NHL draft but was not selected by any team. He was then drafted into the NHL by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997, 190th overall, Thornton never played for Toronto and was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2001–02 season. After six seasons back and forth between the NHL and AHL between the Chicago and Anaheim Ducks franchises, Thornton won his first career Stanley Cup in his final season with the Ducks in 2006–07.

On July 1, 2007, Thornton signed a three-year, 1.5 million dollar, deal with the Boston Bruins.[1] During a seven-year tenure in Boston, Thornton won his second career Stanley Cup during the 2010–11 season in which he also tallied career high numbers in goals (10), assists (10), points (20) and +/– (8).

At the end of the 2013–14 season, the Bruins organization informed Thornton that they would not be resigning him, ending his career in Boston.[2] That summer, he signed a two-year contract with the Florida Panthers.[3] At the end of his contract, he re-signed with Florida for one year.

On April 6, 2017, Thornton announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season and played his final game on April 8. During the announcement of his retirement, he revealed that he would be joining the Panthers' front office in a business related position after the conclusion of his playing career.[4]

Brooks Orpik incident

On December 7, 2013, Thornton tried to goad Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik into fighting after Orpik delivered a big hit on Boston’s Loui Eriksson early in the first period. Orpik rebuffed Thornton’s invitation and at 11:06 of the first period, after a whistle, Thornton approached a thicket of players from both teams, slew-footed Orpik from behind and, while Orpik was on the ice, punched him at least twice. Six days later, he received his suspension after an in-person hearing with the league’s department of player safety. He appealed the suspension and had a hearing that Friday with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who did not immediately announce a decision. On December 14, 2013, Thornton was suspended for fifteen games. [5]

Thornton, who was emotional after the game, contacted Orpik directly to apologize. Orpik conveyed forgiveness and understanding. Thornton and Orpik, who are friends, were part of a group of players who had worked out together in the offseason and during the NHL lockout.[6]

Personal life

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 (EFL Championship).[8][9]

Thornton was a part-owner of a restaurant in Pembroke, Massachusetts named Turner's Yard, which closed in 2014. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield was also a member of the owner's group.

Career statistics

    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
2016–17 Florida Panthers NHL 50 2 2 4 67
NHL totals 705 42 60 102 1103 105 1 6 7 83

Awards and honours

Award Year
NHL
Stanley Cup (Anaheim Ducks) 2007
Stanley Cup (Boston Bruins) 2011

References

  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. ^ Richards, George (April 6, 2017). "It's last call for Shawn Thornton as final NHL games beckon". Miami Herald. Miami Herald. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2013/12/21/Penguins-Orpik-extends-an-olive-branch/stories/201312210126
  6. ^ http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/12/20/brooks-orpik-apologetic-shawn-thornton-a-pretty-good-friend/
  7. ^ "Shawn Thornton Foundation". The Shawn Thornton Foundation. 2016-09-14. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  8. ^ "For Dawson, '09 Truly a Career Year". LAX Journal. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  9. ^ "Czech-ing In with Roarke". National Hockey League. 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2016-09-14.

External links

  • Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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