Shawn Thornton
Born July 23, 1977 (1977-07-23) (age 41)
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)
Position Left/right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
Chicago Blackhawks
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 190th overall, 1997
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1997–present

Shawn Thornton (born on July 23, 1977) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Shawn 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.

Shawn 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, Shawn became an unrestricted free agent and signed a three-year, 1.5 million dollar deal with the Boston Bruins.

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

On January 1, 2010, Shawn was involved in the first fight in the history of the Winter Classic with Philadelphia Flyers agitator Daniel Carcillo at Boston's Fenway Park.

During the 2011 Stanley Cup run, Shawn was a healthy scratch for several games as the Bruins chose to play rookie Tyler Seguin to gain more offense, however, he was inserted into the lineup during Game 3 of the Finals as a turning point for the series.

His 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 lineup.

On June 15, 2011, Shawn got to lift the Stanley Cup for the second time in 2011, the first time Boston has won since 1972.

On December 7, 2013, Shawn punched Pittsburgh Penguins player Brooks Orpik which resulted in Orpik losing consciousness and later being diagnosed with a concussion. He expressed remorse, but added: "That’s always my job, I guess, to defend my teammates..."

On December 14, 2013, Shawn was suspended for fifteen games for "punching and injurying an unsuspecting player."

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2012–13Boston BruinsNHL45347602204418
NHL totals 495 33 47 80 832 89 1 5 6 77

Personal LifeEdit

Shawn is a cousin of Bill Greer of the Toronto Rock (NLL), Zack Greer of the Edmonton Rush (NLL) & Denver Outlaws (MLL) and Chris Brunt of West Bromwich Albion (EPL).

On October 2, 2010, Shawn and the Boston Bruins played an exhibition game against the Belfast Giants in Belfast, Northern Ireland where his mother was born. He appeared in the movie "Ted."

Restaurant OwnershipEdit

Shawn is a part-owner of a restaurant in Pembroke, Massachusetts named Turner's Yard. One of his partners in the venture is retired Major League Baseball pitcher Tim Wakefield.

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