Shawn Thornton has a new address and will be playing with the Florida Panthers this fall, but Boston still remains close to him.
The enforcer held his annual “Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s” charity golf event in his old town and former teammates came to support his cause.
In what was a sendoff for the former Bruin, who will head south to start his new life as a Panther next week, his ex-teammates talked about how life will be without Thornton in the locker room.
“It’ll be different, for sure,” goaltender Tuukka Rask said. “He’s a pretty vocal guy in the locker room and on the ice and a great guy off the ice with the community.”
“It’s definitely going to be a huge change not having him there,” forward Daniel Paille said. “We’ve established ourselves for so long and now without Shawn we’re going to have to reinvent that.”
Thornton’s Putts and Punches event has raised more than $200,000 in the last five years. He plans to continue his charity event, which he started five years ago after his grandmother passed away, no matter where he lives.