Let’s face it: nobody likes getting punched in the face.– Shawn Thornton
Toucher & Rich: Did you see [Evander Kane's TKO of Matt Cooke]?
Shawn Thornton: I did see that. Looch brought it up after our last game in Washington, he brought it up on his phone for me to look at. Pretty good punch.
T&R: You should have done that.
Shawn: I tried!
T&R: What's wrong with you?
Shawn: I know. I suck.
That is one of the worst and best songs I’ve ever heard.– Shawn Thornton, on Sports Hub’s “Tuukka Time” song
I got a No. 1 (3mm of hair left) because if my head was all the way shaved, I’ve...– Shawn Thornton, on getting a buzzcut during Cuts For A Cause
My boy Patrick Cleary Bergeron- my half-Irish brother.– Shawn Thornton
We have long memories, how about that? It’s not something you can obviously...– Shawn Thornton
My team is my second family, so there has never been anyone I wouldn’t fight...– Shawn Thornton
WEEI: How many times has your nose been broken?
Shawn Thornton: I don’t know. I don’t even check anymore.
WEEI: Too many to count?
Shawn: I honestly couldn’t give you a legitimate number. I’m sure it has been broken a couple of times and I didn’t bother to get it checked.
You went to Cornell, so you’re definitely book smart. You’re a...– Shawn Thornton, to Byron Bitz
Shawn Thornton: Johnny Boychuk plays [Iron Maiden] before the games sometimes.
Toucher & Rich: You allow Boychuk to play songs in the locker room?
Shawn: I do. I let Sobotka sometimes, too.
T&R: What does Vladimir Sobotka play before games?
Shawn: Dance music.
T&R: Really? Like that horrible techno.
Shawn: Yeah - like that stuff you usually hear in the club where it all sounds like the same song.
I ride everybody so… oh, God, that didn’t sound right. FUCK.– Shawn Thornton
NESN: Who should have their own reality show?
Blake Wheeler: Maybe Thorty. He'd be a good one, just 'cause... I don't know why. I don't wanna say why, either.
I’m going for my green card right now, I can’t say anything about...– Shawn Thornton, on whether he was rooting for the US or Canada in the gold medal game
I’m an emotional player. I don’t go looking for it but if something needs to be...– Shawn Thornton
He asks me to go outside every day and I always thought he was joking, but I...– Shawn Thornton, on whether he had given Vladimir Sobotka any tips on how to fight
I thought about wearing [Joe Thornton’s] #19, then at least I would have a...– Shawn Thornton
Truthfully, everyone looks pretty good except Lucic. His nose is so big that...– Shawn Thornton, on the Bruins getting their heads shaved for Cuts For A Cause
It’s the playoffs. If you have any passengers, they shouldn’t be in...– Shawn Thornton
It’s about time that he woke the goalie up, I think. If he’s been a...– Shawn Thornton, on Keith Ballard smashing Tomas Vokoun with his stick
Shawn Thornton: I noticed a couple games- New York, and uh, I can't remember the other team- they both had Swedish goalies and you stood on your head. Is that because you hate Swedes?
Tuukka Rask: Yeah, I don't like Swedes. I don't really like those guys too much, so I get some extra kick from that.
Shawn: Did you ever hear that Axey [P.J. Axelsson] is the reason you weren't here last year? That he went in to management, as the longest tenured Bruin, and said I will not have a Finn on my team?
Tuukka: I've heard some rumors about that.
Ever since that Pittsburgh game - and I’ve said it a lot - there’s a...– Shawn Thornton
I’m not going to make fun of the coach. I barely get enough minutes as it...– Shawn Thornton, on Coach Julien’s funniest lines
“It’s like I’m sewn into the maroon jersey,’’ Shawn Thornton cracked, regarding the fourth-line practice sweater. “I don’t know, they keep talking about how good the fourth line’s been. Who’s the only guy who’s been on that line all year?’’ “Thorny spends a lot of time trying to get those smart-aleck remarks in,” [Coach Claude] Julien said. “His turn [with the first line] will come maybe someday...
I can’t make fun of his skating - if anyone needs double blade skates,...– Shawn Thornton, on Patrick Kane’s skating ability
Mark Stuart: I got a new wardrobe.
Shawn Thornton: New wardrobe? Where'd you get that from?
Mark: Ben Sherman.
Shawn: Oooooh, that's a neat store, yeah. I got some stuff from there.
Mark: I got some jeans.
Shawn: How tight?
Mark: Uh, pretty tight.
Shawn: Oh, boy! That's exciting!
In practice I lit Timmy [Thomas] up like a Christmas tree. There was a lot of...– Shawn Thornton
She’s not a fan when I have longer hair because it’s all over the place in the...– Shawn Thornton, on what his wife would think of his buzzcut
I don’t know, I don’t have a percentage of each one, it was a bunch...– Shawn Thornton
Toucher & Rich: I know you can't talk about [planning to fight Matt Cooke]. But we'll substitute the word fight... we'll say "grilled cheese". Shawn Thornton, are you going to have a grilled cheese sandwich when the Bruins play the Penguins?
Shawn Thornton: You're assuming that the person would like to sit down and have a grilled cheese sandwich with me. If something was going to happen, I think it would have to be someone else that was eating lunch. I really don't think he would sit down and enjoy a sandwich with me.
T&R: Is there a way, Shawn, that if the person is acting like they're not hungry and that they don't want the sandwich, is there a way to shove the sandwich into other people's faces until the person who you want to eat the sandwich will eat it?
Shawn: I think it will be someone else who's stepping up to the lunch table if that happens. It won't be the guy you want to eat lunch with, unfortunately.
You were my linemate last game, and I would like to know how it felt to play...– Shawn Thornton, to Matt Hunwick
A visitor to the Bruins dressing room [once] apologized to Shawn Thornton for leaving a steaming cup of joe in the open space above the winger’s locker. ”No problem,” said the affable Thornton, ”my work is all done here for now — I’ve gotta go run some little French guys over.”
Shawn Thornton: Out of all the Finns that you've played with, who do you think -- because there's not too many smart ones -- who do you think the smartest Finn would be?
Tuukka Rask: I guess I gotta say myself.
Shawn: I'm gonna agree with you. The other two we had here were not that bright.
You figure he grows it a little bit quicker than me, huh? I think he’s...– Shawn Thornton, on Milan Lucic growing a playoff beard
Did my name come up [in trade talks]? No? That’s because nobody wants me.– Shawn Thornton
Last week, when Shawn Thornton bumped into Steve Yzerman, the Bruins tough guy...
The fans in Boston have always been great to me, a meatball from the fourth...– Shawn Thornton