“I think he’s getting more recognition because he went out and earned it. He’s a catalyst. He was a catalyst for our hockey club when we had him in Anaheim. That’s what he’s doing for the Bruins. It’s great to see a player who’s put in the number of years of hard work - I’m talking years, not months, of hard work - and be rewarded with a contract of that stature. He’s earned everything he’s got. He earns it the tough way. You recognize he’s not the most skilled guy. But he comes out day in and day out, forces you to play, and forces those confrontations all around the rink.’’
Though the Bruins are in the midst of their season, Shawn Thornton still makes time to give back to the community. Earlier today he talked about this month’s “Cuts for a Cause” and what doing charity work means for him. (As told to Mark Daniels)
Later this month, on March 28, a bunch of my teammates and I are doing Cuts for a Cause, where we’re going to shave our heads. People can go online and they get to bid on the opportunity to shave our heads. And all the money goes to charity and will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.
Aaron Ward started it and I kind of took it over after he left. I have a partnership with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich. And we’ve been able to reach a really good amount of money every year. It kind of gets bigger and bigger. This year we’re doing it at Royale. It’s a bigger space and hopefully we sell more tickets and make more money.
As for some of the more memorable charity work I’ve done, this one is a pretty good one. I have my own golf tournament in August. It’s called “Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s” and proceeds go towards Parkinson’s disease. My grandmother was affected with Parkinson’s for the last 12 or 13 years of her life. It’s a tough thing to deal with. That one is probably the most memorable.