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.