|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)|
|12/08/2013||Suspended by the NHL indefinitely pending hearing.|
|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's hearing scheduled for Friday | 12/10/2013 12:53 PM
NewsShawn Thornton's in-person hearing for dropping Brooks Orpik to the ice and then hitting him in the head is scheduled for Friday.
NHL Department of Player Safety on Twitter
ImpactThornton was already forced to miss Sunday's game while he waits for the NHL's ruling and now he will miss Tuesday and Thursday's contests instead. His total suspension will probably exceed five games.
S. Thornton's hearing will be later this week | 12/09/2013 9:30 AM
NewsShawn Thornton's in-person hearing isn't expected to occur until at least the middle of this week.
ImpactThe Boston tough guy dragged Pittsburgh defensman Brooks Orpik to the ice and then punched him while he was down. Thornton is expected to get a hefty suspension for his actions. He's suspended indefinitely until his hearing takes place.
Shawn Thornton's hearing is in-person | 12/08/2013 9:06 AM
NewsShawn Thornton's hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety will be in-person.
CSN New England
ImpactThornton is being punished for knocking Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik to the ice and then punching him while he was down. This opens the door to the NHL suspending Thornton for more than five games. The date of his hearing hasn't been determined yet, but he's been suspended indefinitely in the meantime.
Shawn Thornton has meeting with player safety | 12/07/2013 10:30 PM
NewsShawn Thornton has a meeting with the NHL's department of player safety for his actions against Brooks Orpik that caused him to leave on a stretcher.
Joe Haggerty on Twittery
ImpactThornton slew-footed the Penguins defenseman, then punched his head while he was down on the ground, defenseless. Orpik was knocked out and left the game on a stretcher. Thornton was remorseful after the game when he talked to the media. "It was definitely awful," Thornton said. "It's not what you want to see. It's not what anybody wants to see. I've felt sick all game." Thornton is probably looking at a significant suspension after this.
Shawn Thornton sat, Caron played Monday | 11/19/2013 8:17 AM
NewsShawn Thornton was made a healthy scratch Monday night against Carolina.
ImpactCoach Claude Julien chose to dress Jordan Caron for the first time in nine games instead. "It's been a while since he played and I thought it was important to get him back in our lineup," said Julien of Caron. "I didn't think there was a real big threat here as far as having to rely on Thorny. It was an easy decision for me to make. There's a good chance you'll see Thornton back in (Tuesday night). He's been playing well."
Shawn Thornton scores a goal on Saturday | 10/20/2013 9:04 AM
NewsShawn Thornton found the back of the net for the first time this season in Boston's 5-0 win over Tampa Bay.
CSN New England
ImpactIt was also Thornton's first point in seven games in 2013-14. He's got a touch more offensive upside than your typical fourth liner, but he doesn't spend nearly enough time in the sin bin to make him worth owning in standard leagues.
Shawn Thornton plays in 500th career game | 10/15/2013 9:30 AM
NewsShawn Thornton played in his 500th career game Monday afternoon.
ImpactThe Bruins tough guy has carved out a good role for himself in Boston on one of the more dependable fourth lines in the league. Thornton has 17 penalty minutes in five games this campaign.
Shawn Thornton unfazed with expiring contract | 08/13/2013 10:14 AM
NewsVeteran tough guy Shawn Thornton has one year left on his contract, but he isn't thinking about ending his playing career.
Impact"I'm going to play until they rip the skates off me and tell me I can't anymore," he said. "I'm aware of how old I am, but I don't feel it. I think I've been consistent the last few years. But I'll show up and try to do everything in my power to be in good shape and be ready to go for the start of the season and contribute in a positive way." Thornton is excited about the changes Boston made in the off-season, notably the additions of Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson, and he's anxious to get back to playing.
S. Thornton going for his third championship | 06/10/2013 6:49 PM
NewsShawn Thornton is trying to win the Stanley Cup for the third time.
ImpactThornton captured it in 2007 with Anaheim and 2011 with Boston. "It's tough to put it into words how it feels," Thornton said. "The first time I won it in Anaheim was the greatest day of my life. The second time I won here was equally as good. I can't really compare the two. Anytime you get to put the trophy over your head, it's pretty special. I wouldn't be coming to the rink every day if I didn't want another one." When asked to capture winning the Cup with his wedding day, Thornton added that winning the Stanley Cup was better.
S. Thornton willing to fight Saturday | 05/25/2013 3:06 PM
NewsShawn Thornton is willing to fight in Game 5.
Steve Zipay on Twitter
ImpactThornton opted not to fight with Rangers forward Kris Newbury in Game 4 because the Bruins were up 2-0 at the time. Things might turn out differently on Saturday. "If people are taking liberties...these (gloves) aren't sewn onto my sleeves," Thornton said.
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.
|11/27/2013||Bos||Det||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/18/2013||Bos||Car||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Goals||1||3 times-last:at NYR||last:Nov 19||1|
|Assists||0||27 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Dec 7||1|
|Points||1||3 times-last:at NYR||last:Nov 19||1|
|Penalty Minutes||12||vs. Pit||Dec 7||10|
|Plus/Minus||1||6 times-last:vs. StL||last:Nov 21||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||27 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Dec 7||0|
|Power Play Points||0||27 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Dec 7||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||27 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Dec 7||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||27 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Dec 7||0|
|Shots||4||2 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Nov 14||5|
|Penalty Minutes||154||2011-12 (Bos)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2011-12 (Bos)|
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