BOSTON - JANUARY 10: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins reacts after he is called for a penalty in the second period against the Carolina Hurricanes on January 10, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Fans just love an underdog.
For years Shawn Thornton toiled in hockey’s minor leagues. He was almost ready to hang up the skates when the Anaheim Ducks gave him an opportunity on their Stanley Cup-winning team, and just a few years later Thornton was earning a second ring with the Bruins. Likewise, his hard-nosed style of play — and willingness to mix it up with players who outmatch his 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame — has endeared himself to Boston hockey fans.
Check out the video above for the Big Bad Spotlight shined upon Thornton.