|Assets:||Owns an infectious attitude and never stops his motor while on the ice. Plays a gung-ho, crash-and-bang game and is a willing combatant. Always thinks team-first. Can initimidate the opposition in many ways.|
|Flaws:||Lacks pure skill and must work doubly hard for every point he earns at the NHL level. Is prone to taking bad penalties from time to time, which often comes with the territory of being a true enforcer.|
|Career Potential:||Excellent veteran enforcer and role player.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2010-11 (Boston), 2006-07 (Anaheim)|
|2/10/2013||Missed 2 games (concussion).|
|2/06/2013||Concussion, injured reserve.|
|3/17/2012||Signed by the Boston Bruins to a two-year contract extension.|
|2/28/2012||Missed 1 game (illness).|
|4/06/2011||Missed 3 games (facial injury).|
|3/31/2011||Facial injury, day-to-day.|
|6/03/2010||Re-signed by the Boston Bruins to a two-year contract.|
|4/08/2010||Missed 3 games (upper body injury).|
|4/01/2010||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/24/2009||Missed 2 games (undisclosed).|
|4/07/2009||Missed 3 games (undisclosed).|
|12/22/2007||Missed 21 games (foot injury).|
|12/19/2007||Foot injury, day-to-day.|
|11/07/2007||Foot injury, mid-December.|
|7/01/2007||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Boston Bruins.|
|12/08/2006||Recalled from Portland (AHL).|
|11/15/2006||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|10/28/2006||Recalled from Portland (AHL).|
|10/02/2006||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|7/14/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Anaheim Ducks to a one-year contract.|
|12/31/2005||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|12/01/2005||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|11/30/2005||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|11/16/2005||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|10/04/2005||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|8/03/2005||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks to a one-year contract.|
|9/17/2004||Signed by the Norfolk Admirals (AHL).|
|3/29/2004||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|3/28/2004||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|2/26/2004||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|2/21/2004||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|2/04/2004||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|1/27/2004||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|9/29/2003||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|7/01/2003||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|11/14/2002||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|9/30/2001||Acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs.|
|9/24/2001||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|9/26/2000||Assigned to St. John's (AHL).|
|7/01/2007||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Boston Bruins.|
|7/14/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Anaheim Ducks.|
|9/30/2001||Toronto Maple Leafs traded Shawn Thornton to the Chicago Blackhawks for Marty Wilford.|
|6/21/1997||Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 7th round (190th overall) in 1997.|
Shawn Thornton pleased with team's effort | 05/22/2013 10:26 AM
NewsShawn Thornton got he wanted in Game 3 as Boston's fourth line helped the team score both goals in a 2-1 triumph over the New York Rangers Tuesday night.
ImpactHe wanted his line, along with Daniel Paille (game-winning goal) and Gregory Campbell (an assist), to help out in the scoring act heading into the contest. "We're a better team when all four lines are going for 60 (minutes)," said Thornton, who chipped in two assists. "(Last night) we didn't have any passengers. We might have been the ones who got a couple of goals, but I thought everyone was going."
B's Thornton wants more offense from 4th line | 05/21/2013 6:32 AM
NewsShawn Thornton wants Boston's fourth line to contribute offensively as well as provide energy.
ImpactThornton doesn't have a point in nine playoff games, but his linemates Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille have contributed a goal and an assist each. "We want to try and take some pressure off the big lines. You can't rely on them all the time," Thornton said. "Obviously this time of year, your best players have to be your best players, but if we chip in every now and again, it helps out. We've been a little snake-bitten, too. We've had some chances. They just weren't going in, so I was happy to see one go in for (Campbell) last game."
Bruins have history on their side in Toronto | 05/12/2013 10:40 AM
NewsThe Boston Bruins have not lost on the Toronto Maple Leafs' home ice in the playoffs since 1959.
Impact``It doesn't give you a sense of confidence,'' Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said, ``but you're not as afraid to go into that building.'' The Bruins lead their opening-round playoff series against the Leafs 3-2 and would wrap up the best-of-seven set with a win in Toronto tonight.
S. Thornton scores, Julien praises 4th line | 03/15/2013 7:12 AM
NewsShawn Thornton potted his third goal and posted four shots in Boston's win over Florida Thursday night.
ImpactHis linemates, Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell, picked up assists on Thornton's second goal in three contests this week. "I think that that line has been pretty good lately," coach Claude Julien said referring to his fourth combination. "They're giving us some good games. They're scoring some timely goals. Again, they're a line that deserves a lot of credit lately. When your team goes through those kind of stages, sometimes it's important that lines like that pick up the slack, and that's what they're doing right now."
Shawn Thornton resumes fighting ways Tues. | 03/06/2013 10:11 AM
NewsShawn Thornton picked up his first fighting major Tuesday night since suffering a concussion in a bout with Buffalo's John Scott back on Jan. 31.
ImpactHe dropped the gloves with Washington defenseman John Erskine late in the first period and finished the contest with seven minutes in the sin bin. In 17 games this season, Thornton has one goal, 26 hits and 34 penalty minutes.
Shawn Thornton barely getting on the ice | 02/15/2013 9:49 AM
NewsShawn Thornton is doing his best to adapt to such a limited role.
ImpactThe enforcer is averaging just 5:12, the lowest of any Boston regular. Because of his concussion, injuries to others on the fourth line and the close games the Bruins have been involved in, Thornton has not been much of a factor. He often rides the stationary bike between periods to keep up his cardio level. "With my skate guards on sometimes. Seriously. Whatever it takes," Thornton said. "It's easier when you're playing 10 minutes a night as opposed to five minutes a night. But we're finding ways to get points and win most games. That's most important."
Shawn Thornton returns from a concussion | 02/11/2013 9:38 AM
NewsShawn Thornton (concussion) was able to return to the Boston Bruins' lineup on Sunday.
ImpactThornton logged 7:04 minutes of ice time in Boston's 3-1 victory over Buffalo. He originally sustained the concussion during a fight with the Sabres' John Scott, but Thornton didn't challenge Scott to a rematch in his return.
| 02/11/2013 2:53 AM
NewsShawn Thornton was activated from the IL on Sunday February 10.
Shawn Thornton probable Saturday v Bolts | 02/09/2013 10:02 AM
NewsIt is likely that Shawn Thornton will be cleared to return to action Saturday against the Lightning.
ImpactHe has been on the pine since sustaining a concussion last week in a fight with big John Scott of the Sabres. Thornton has been skating for a few days now and should be ready to return. Get ready to activate him if you need some penalty minutes.
Julien says Thornton, Paille close to return | 02/08/2013 3:13 PM
NewsCoach Claude Julien says Shawn Thornton (concussion) and Daniel Paille (eye) are both feeling good and could be cleared to return to game action by Friday night.
Bruins on Twitter
ImpactThe Bruins have cancelled their morning skate Saturday due to an impending blizzard, so we'll likely get official confirmation via Twitter or a team statement. Neither player has much impact on the fantasy landscape though, so this is more of an FYI than anything.
Shawn Thornton doesn't thinking should stop | 02/08/2013 9:56 AM
NewsEven after suffering a concussion in the fight with the Sabres' John Scott, Shawn Thornton does not believe fighting should be removed from the game.
Impact"I don't like when people try and take advantage of the situation," said Thornton. "It's part of their agenda. There's fighting in hockey. It's in the game. I think it's a necessary part of the game. I don't think it's going anywhere, so there's no point in really even dwelling on it. ... Plus, I'm a big boy. I know what I'm getting into." Thornton skated Thursday and has been cleared for contact and practice, but it's unclear if he'll return to the lineup on Saturday.
S. Thornton (concussion) cleared for contact | 02/07/2013 3:37 PM
NewsShawn Thornton (concussion) has been given the green light to take part in contact drills.
ImpactThornton participated in Thursday's practice. "I feel good. I've felt good all week," said Thornton. He's still not sure if he'll be medically cleared to play in time for either of Boston's games this weekend.
Shawn Thornton feels he's close to returning | 02/07/2013 8:23 AM
NewsShawn Thornton could be back in the lineup soon after receiving a concussion in a fight with Buffalo's John Scott on Jan. 31.
Impact"The noggin feels pretty good," he said. "I skated the last three days. I rode the bike on Sunday and I'm symptom-free right now, so I will re-evaluate with the medical staff when they get back from Montreal (today) and go from there." The Bruins tough guy has one goal and 25 penalty minutes in seven games and he could be back by Saturday versus Tampa Bay if everything goes smoothly.
Shawn Thornton will not play on Wednesday | 02/05/2013 6:29 PM
NewsShawn Thornton (concussion) will not return on Wednesday.
CSN New England
ImpactThe good news is that Thornton hasn't experienced symptoms in days. It will be the Bruins second straight game without him.
B's Thornton (concussion) doubtful for Weds. | 02/05/2013 8:32 AM
NewsShawn Thornton (concussion) is still considered to be doubtful to play on Wednesday despite skating before Monday's practice.
Impact"Things are going well," coach Claude Julien said. "But obviously there's a protocol to follow. We're certainly going to follow that to the letter." Thornton has been symptom free of late since sustaining a concussion in a fight with Buffalo's John Scott last Thursday.
S. Thornton (concussion) is symptom-free | 02/04/2013 1:47 PM
NewsShawn Thornton (concussion) skated prior to Monday's practice.
Joe Haggerty on Twitter
ImpactThornton also rode a bike on Sunday. He hasn't experienced concussion-like symptoms in a few days.
Bruins confirm Shawn Thornton's concussion | 02/01/2013 12:34 PM
NewsThe Boston Bruins confirmed Shawn Thornton suffered a concussion during Thursday night's fight with Buffalo Sabres F John Scott.
Fluto Shinzawa on Twitter
ImpactThe Bruins said Thornton will miss the next seven to 10 days, although concussions are incredibly difficult injures to pinpoint. Both Thornton and the Bruins will have to wait this out until all of the symptoms clear. Thornton doesn't really have fantasy value, so this is more of an FYI than anything.
Shawn Thornton woozy after losing fight | 02/01/2013 9:45 AM
NewsShawn Thornton appeared woozy and had difficulty maintaining his balanced after a fight with Buffalo Sabres enforcer John Scott on Thursday.
CSN New England
ImpactCoach Claude Julien said after the game Thornton was still being evaluated. The fight with Scott was one of the most anticipated of the season after the Sabres signed Scott in the offseason, admittedly in response to last year's Ryan Miller incident. No one in Boston said concussion Thursday when it came to Scott, but it certainly wouldn't surprise us.
Bruins' fourth-liners pick up the slack | 01/26/2013 9:37 AM
NewsWhile the rest of the Bruins were struggling to get going, the fourth line picked up the slack against the Islanders.
ImpactIt was a great night for the fourth line as Shawn Thornton, who also had 10 penalty minutes, and Gregory Campbell netted goals. "They played an extremely good game for us," coach Claude Julien said. "They allowed us to stay in the game for two periods until we got ourselves going a little bit."
S. Thornton: NHL now seems willing to talk | 01/03/2013 10:01 AM
NewsShawn Thornton seems to think that the NHL is acting differently now than it has previously in this lockout.
Impact"We've said all along that we're willing to negotiate, and if they're willing to negotiate, then things will get done. But that didn't seem to be case until now," said Thornton. "Hopefully we're into it and something good comes out of it today, tomorrow or however long it takes. Hopefully we can get something done sooner than later. Both sides want to play, and the sooner the better. They keep on talking about (a 48-game schedule), but if you can get 52, why not?" In order to get a 52-game season, the two sides probably have to reach an agreement by Thursday.
|3/02/2013||Bos||TB||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Goals||1||3 times-last:vs. Fla||last:Mar 14||1|
|Assists||1||4 times-last:vs. TB||last:Apr 25||2|
|Points||1||7 times-last:vs. TB||last:Apr 25||2|
|Penalty Minutes||10||vs. NYI||Jan 25||22|
|Plus/Minus||2||2 times-last:vs. Car||last:Apr 8||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||45 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Apr 28||0|
|Power Play Points||0||45 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Apr 28||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||45 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Apr 28||1|
|Shorthanded Points||0||45 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Apr 28||1|
|Shots||5||at Ott||Mar 21||7|
|Penalty Minutes||154||2011-12 (Bos)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2011-12 (Bos)|
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