TORONTO — Shawn Thornton’s day with the Cup was as memorable as most would imagine, but unlike his bull-in-a-china-shop attitude on the ice, the forward’s second off-ice soiree with Lord Stanley began quietly in the living room of his parent’s house in his hometown of Oshawa, Ontario and ended under the radar (if not as quiet) in a Toronto restaurant at a party that featured lots of food, friends and a live band.
In between, Thornton took the Cup to the top of Toronto’s CN Tower in order to, as he put it, celebrate “on top of the world.” However, prior to his day, Thornton was careful not to tell anyone his plans.
“I think when you tell the city or whatever you’re going to show up somewhere, you end up being there for a lot longer and we don’t have it for that long,” said Thornton during a stop in Whitby, Ontario in the backyard of his in-laws the Chadwicks.
Throughout his tenure with the Bruins,Shawn Thornton has been among the most popular players in Boston. That’s not particularly surprising considering his role. Bruins tough guys have always earned a special spot in the hearts of most fans.
But Thornton is equally popular within the Bruins’ locker room. A vocal and emotional leader who is always willing to stick up for a teammate, Thornton provides a healthy dose of leadership and a little bit of levity to the club, and has proven he can even chip in a few goals as well.