In most cities, the most popular player is usually the leading scorer or the goalie. While Tim Thomas and David Krejci certainly are revered in Boston, there is no bigger fan favorite than Shawn Thornton.
The veteran winger has become a beloved figure in Boston, and the feeling has been mutual.
Part of fans' affinity for Thornton comes from his hard-working nature, which is evident in every shift he takes for the Bruins. Clearly, Thornton is a player who loves his role and never takes his position for granted.
NESN.com's Douglas Flynn captured the story of Thornton's hockey life, from his beginnings in Ontario, through some trying times in the minors and finally through a pair of Stanley Cup victories. Relive the journey by reading the stories below.
Part IV: NHL Career Begins
Shawn Thornton's NHL Dreams Nearly Die in 2006, But Ducks Revitalize Gritty Winger's Career
Part V: Boston and Beyond
Shawn Thornton Scares Charlestown Neighbors at First But Becomes Important Part of Boston Community