Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton was born July 23, 1977 in Oshawa, Ontario. The seventh round, 190th overall selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Thornton is a graduate of the OHL's Peterborough Petes.

A feisty player who enjoys the physical game, Thornton played two seasons in Peterborough before joining the AHL's St. John's Maple Leafs in 1997-98. The Oshawa, Ontario native spent four seasons with the Baby Leafs racking up over 1,200 minutes in penalties before having his rights dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 2001.

Upon his arrival with the Blackhawk organization the former Peterborough Pete spent the majority of his playing time with the AHL's Norfolk Admirals while seeing limited action with the parent club.

After his stint with the Blackhawk organization Thornton was signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Ducks on July 14, 2006. Thornton would appear in 48 regular season games with the Ducks that season, recording two goals, seven assists, and 88 penalty minutes. He also saw action in 15 of the Ducks' 21 playoff games en route to the club's first every Stanley Cup championship.

In the summer of 2007, Thornton became a free agent and opted to sign with the Boston Bruins on July 1, 2007.

In Boston, Thornton would take on all comers, establishing himself as one of the league's most feared tough guys. He also worked on the rest of his game, becoming a solid fourth line player that could be trusted to do more than just fight.

During the 2011 playoffs, Thornton helped the Bruins to the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1972. After surviving a first round scare from the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins steamrolled over the Philadelphia Flyers and endured a seven game battle with the Tampa Bay Lightning en route to the Stanley Cup Final where they would take on the powerful Vancouver Canucks.

The Bruins would defeat the Canucks in a seven game classic, with Thornton setting the tone physically on numerous occasions. The win marked the second time the tough guy had hoisted Lord Stanley's mug in five seasons.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
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 +6 5 0 0 0 9
1999-00 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 60 4 12 16 316 -9
2000-01 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 79 5 12 17 320 -13 3 1 2 3 2
2001-02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 70 8 14 22 281 -3 4 0 0 0 4
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 1 1 2 31 -4
2002-03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 50 11 2 13 213 -7 9 0 2 2 28
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 1 0 1 23 +2
2003-04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 64 6 11 17 259 -7 8 1 1 2 6
2004-05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 71 5 9 14 253 -15 6 0 0 0 8
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 10 0 0 0 16 -5
2005-06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 59 10 22 32 192 -8 4 0 0 0 35
2006-07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 48 2 7 9 88 +3 15 0 0 0 19
2006-07 Portland Pirates AHL 15 4 4 8 55 +1
2007-08 Boston Bruins NHL 58 4 3 7 74 -1 7 0 0 0 6
2008-09 Boston Bruins NHL 79 6 5 11 123 -2 10 1 0 1 6
2009-10 Boston Bruins NHL 74 1 9 10 141 -9 12 0 0 0 4
2010-11 Boston Bruins NHL 79 10 10 20 122 +8 18 0 1 1 24
2011-12 Boston Bruins NHL 81 5 8 13 154 -7 5 0 0 0 0
2012-13 Boston Bruins NHL 45 3 4 7 60 +1 22 0 4 4 18
NHL Totals 495 33 47 80 832 89 1 5 6 77


Traded to Chicago by Toronto for Marty Wilford, September 30, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 14, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 1, 2007.