Shawn Thornton went and got himself a new job.
After retiring from the NHL with two Stanley Cup championships to his name, the longtime enforcer and former Bruin has been named the Panthers’ vice president of business operations. Thornton, who spent his final three seasons playing for the Panthers, was expected to transition into the business side of hockey once his playing days were done.
"Shawn's work ethic, enthusiasm and passion for the Panthers organization is second to none," team president and CEO Matthew Caldwell said in a statement released by the team. "We are thrilled to welcome him to our executive team and know that he will bring the same level of professionalism, experience and leadership to the business side of our organization as he did in the locker room."
Said Thornton: "It's a humbling day for me and I'm excited to begin the next chapter of my career in hockey. The business side of operating an NHL team has always fascinated me. I have had the privilege of learning from and working with a number of first-class individuals, leaders and organizations during the course of my playing career and I look forward to applying some of those lessons in my new role. My family and I are very grateful that we'll be able to continue to be a part of the Panthers family and the South Florida community."
Thornton played seven seasons for the Bruins after previously having stops in the Toronto, Chicago and Anaheim organizations. He earned rings with the 2006-07 Ducks and 2010-11 Bruins.
The Ontario native, who also did television work during his career, played 810 total games in the NHL, scoring 43 goals and adding 66 assists for 109 points. His best season came in 2010-11, where he reached double-digit goals for the only time in his career with a 20-point (10 goals, 10 assists) season.