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Shawn Thornton | Winger

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/23/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 217
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Shawn Thornton doesn't think players will end up taking it too easy during the Olympic break.
Those that aren't playing in Sochi will get to spend some time vacationing before they have to return to their team's for practice. That creates potential problems as teams or players that have momentum could lose it and players could get rusty. Still, Thornton is confident that those NHLers on break won't lose sight of the bigger picture. "Guys do a pretty good job of staying in shape during the break," he said. "They may take 4-5 days off to enjoy it at first, but then everybody is back working out wherever they are. Nobody gets out of shape anymore. Everybody takes care of themselves." He added that it might be in contrast to 2010, where he felt guys were a little sloppy in the games immediately after the break. It helps that those not participating in the Olympics will have a week of team practices before play resumes. Feb 11 - 9:48 AM

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If you are looking for some penalty minutes, you might want to consider starting Shawn Thornton Saturday afternoon against the Oilers.

The Oilers just acquired tough defenseman Mark Fraser from the Maple Leafs and he will no doubt be looking to show his new team what he's made of. We can't think of a better candidate for him to challenge than Thornton, whom he fought in last year's playoffs. Fraser has also fought with Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid, but he is injured, so our money is on a Fraser/Thornton bout.
Feb 1 - 8:51 AM

Shawn Thornton returned from his 15-game suspension on Saturday.

Thornton was punished for repeatedly hitting Brooks Orpik in the head after he had knocked the Penguins defenseman down. He was credited with a shot on goal and blocked shot in his return. He also logged 8:42 minutes in Boston's 1-0 win over San Jose.
Jan 12 - 9:12 AM

Shawn Thornton will be back in the Boston lineup after sitting out 15 games due to a suspension.

He was punished for repeatedly hitting Brooks Orpik in the head. Thonton, who will skatein his usual spot on the Bruins' fourth line, is excited to be returning. "It's been a long, long, long time," Thornton said. "I don't want to sound like I'm bitching, like I'm the victim here, but five weeks is a long time not to be playing. I'm looking forward to [Saturday], to hopefully play and start moving forward, focusing on the tasks ahead and not on the past." Thornton may try to behave himself a little upon his return so if you are counting on him for penalty minutes, we would advise you hold off on activating him.
Jan 11 - 9:11 AM

Shawn Thornton said he's still friends with Brooks Orpik.

Thornton just completed a 15-game suspension for knocking Orpik down and then repeatedly punching Orpik in the head. Orpik ended up with a concussion as a result. "He basically said things happen in the heat of the moment, that he's been guilty of it, too," Thornton said. "He's feeling better. That helped a lot. I still have to text him congrats for making the Olympic team. I keep forgetting to do it."
Jan 10 - 1:53 PM

Shawn Thornton has finished serving his 15-game suspension.

Thornton received the lengthy ban for his attack on Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik back on Dec. 7. He is eligible to return to Boston's lineup on Saturday night versus San Jose. In 27 contests, he has three goals and 41 penalty minutes.
Jan 10 - 7:47 AM

Shawn Thornton is eager to return to Boston's lineup from his 15-game suspension.

"I've been itching (to play) for a while," said Thornton, who is eligible to return for Saturday's game in San Jose. "I can see it now, at least, getting ready for Saturday. Probably since last Saturday I've been a little more focused and positive as far as trying to get ready for this first game back after having five weeks off. I'm sure it's going to be a little bit of an adjustment, but we'll work through it." He has three goals and 41 penalty minutes in 27 contests.
Jan 8 - 8:54 AM

Shawn Thornton has decided not to take his appeal of his 15-game suspension to a neutral arbitrator.

Thornton appealed it to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, but Bettman upheld the length of his punishment. Thornton is eligible to return on Jan. 11 after he knocked down Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik and then proceeded to punch the Penguins player twice in the head.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 12:31:00 PM

Shawn Thornton might decide to appeal his 15-game suspension to a neutral arbitrator.

Thornton has that right after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman declined to change the length of his punishment. The Boston Bruins certainly seem prepared for Thornton to go that route. "We respect the process including the ability to attend the hearing with Commissioner Bettman in support of Shawn," the team said in a statement. "At this time, we will decline comment until the process is complete and Shawn has exhausted all rights available to him."
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 09:00:00 AM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has decided not to change the length of Shawn Thornton's 15-game suspension.

Thornton can now push his appeal further by taking it to a neutral arbitrator. He's already served eight games of his suspension for knocking down Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik when the play was dead and then punching Orpik twice in the head.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 12:22:00 PM

Shawn Thornton had his appeal hearing regarding his 15-game suspension with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday.

Bettman is expected to make his decision next week. If Bettman upholds the length of Thornton's suspension, then the Bruins forward will have the option of taking his case to a neutral arbitrator.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Shawn Thornton will have his suspension appeal heard by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday morning.

Thornton is trying to reduce the length of his 15-game suspension. While he waits for the hearing, he'll serve the fifth and sixth games of his punishment for his attack on Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 02:51:00 PM

Shawn Thornton will appeal his 15-game suspension.

The first appeal goes to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and if he upholds the ban then Thornton can take his appeal to an independent arbitrator.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 04:28:00 PM

It sounds as though Boston forward Shawn Thornton will be appealing the 15-game suspension he received for punching an unsuspecting opponent and causing a serious injury to Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik.

The 15 games means that he would lose $86,615,45 but Thornton said: "I will be consulting with the Bruins, my representation and the NHLPA about next steps, and will be in a position to address the matter publicly after speaking with those parties." NHL rules give Thornton one week to appeal the ruling, and it sounds as though he will. Bruins president Cam Neely was appalled with the NHL ruling. "We’ve had our fair share of players hurt badly by concussions. I don’t think anyone’s gotten a 15-game suspension out of those. Thornton is a guy who plays the role he plays and has never had any suspensions or issues. It comes down a little harsh for me. I feel bad personally for Thornton. I can speak to his time in Boston and he’s been a fair, honest player. This certainly wasn’t like him. He feels terrible about it. He knows it’s affected his reputation. He’s been a great teammate for a lot of years. I feel very bad for him."
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:06:00 AM

The NHL has confirmed an earlier report that Shawn Thornton has been suspended for 15 games for punching an unsuspecting opponent and causing a serious injury to Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik.

He will forfeit $86,615.45, which goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. The NHL viewed the play as an "act of retribution" for an incident that occurred earlier in the game, which played a key part in the ruling.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 04:39:00 PM

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