Shawn Thornton is joining the Panthers’ front office. (Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports)

Shawn Thornton named Panthers vice president of business operations

June 01, 2017 - 12:15 pm
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Like so many other retirees, former Bruin enforcer Shawn Thornton will be spending more time in Florida.

Thornton, however, is not going into full retirement mode, as he was named the Panthers’ vice president of business operations.

“It’s a humbling day for me and I’m excited to begin the next chapter of my career in hockey,” said Thornton in a statement released by the Panthers. “The business side of operating an NHL team has always fascinated me."

Thornton played 14 years in the NHL, seven of which were in Boston.

In 705 games, Thornton scored 42 goals and dished out 60 assists, while raking up over 1,000 penalty minutes. He was also a part of two Stanley Cup championships, one in 2007 with Anaheim and other in 2011 with Boston.

The forward concluded his career with the Panthers, where he played his last three seasons.

“Shawn’s work ethic, enthusiasm and passion for the Panthers organization is second to none,” said Panthers CEO Matthew Caldwell. “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.”

Thornton is the only player in this century to have been in 10 fights, score 10 goals and win a Stanley Cup in the same season.