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Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton

Shawn Thornton

Fighting My Way to the Top
By Shawn Thornton, By Dale Arnold

SPORTS & RECREATION

272 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, PDF

Cloth, $28.00 (US $28.00) (CA $38.00)

ISBN 9781629378671

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Nov 2021)

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Overview

A refreshing memoir of battles and self-belief from one of the NHL's most revered enforcers 
Shawn Thornton was an unlikely NHL success, to say the least. The Oshawa, Ontario native was picked late in the OHL and later thought he was being pranked when the Toronto Maple Leafs called him to say he'd been selected in the seventh round of the 1997 NHL draft. After years spent working and maturing in the AHL, Thornton would go on to play 14 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, and Florida Panthers, winning two Stanley Cups along the way. For the first time, in this candid memoir, Thornton opens up about his life in hockey and beyond, from his early days as an unrated prospect to the leadership lessons he learned in the minors, from the most difficult on-ice brawls to the ecstasy of reaching the sport's most celestial heights.Fans will not want to miss this story of perseverance and finding one's own path.

Reviews

"Shawn epitomized everything there was about being a Bruin: tough, down to earth, and always giving back to the community. It's a pleasure to call him a friend." —Ken Casey, Dropkick Murphys  

Author Biography

Shawn Thornton played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, and Florida Panthers during his 14 seasons in the NHL. He joined the Panthers executive staff following retirement and currently serves as the team's Chief Commercial Officer.Dale Arnold hosts Boston Bruins television broadcasts on NESN as well as the daily Dale, Holley & Keefe show on WEEI radio. He is the only person who has done play-by-play broadcasts for all five of the Boston area's major professional sports franchises. Arnold is the author of If These Walls Could Talk: Boston Bruins.

Book Signings

Past Events


Mar
25
Shawn Thornton ›
Newport, RI
6:00pm
Join author Dale Arnold for a signing of his book, 'Shawn Thornton,' at Charter Books in Newport, RI.<br /> <br /> https://bit.ly/3BT7A7i<br />
Nov
17
Shawn Thornton ›
Nashua, NH
6:00pm
Join authors Shawn Thornton and Dale Arnold for a virtual book event for their new book, "Shawn Thornton," hosted by Toadstool Bookshop. <br /> <br /> https://bit.ly/3ozbtb5<br />
Nov
11
Shawn Thornton ›
Plainville, MA
7:00pm
Join authors Shawn Thornton and Dale Arnold for a virtual book event for their new book, "Shawn Thornton," hosted by An Unlikely Story. <br /> <br /> https://bit.ly/3bwyWDQ
Oct
30
Shawn Thornton ›
Boston, MA
4:00pm
Join author Shawn Thornton at I Love Boston Sports where he'll be signing copies of his new book, "Shawn Thornton."
Oct
29
Shawn Thornton ›
Everett, MA
5:00pm
Join authors Shawn Thornton and Dale Arnold at Encore Boston Harbor for a meet and greet and signing of their new book, "Shawn Thornton."

Press Releases

Shawn Thornton: Fighting My Way to the Top

By Shawn Thornton with Dale Arnold 

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312-676-4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

Shawn Thornton was an unlikely NHL success, to say the least. The Oshawa, Ontario, native was picked late in the OHL and later thought he was being pranked when the Toronto Maple Leafs called him to say he'd been selected in the seventh round of the 1997 NHL draft. After years spent working and maturing in the AHL, Thornton would go on to play 14 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers, winning two Stanley Cups along the way.

 

For the first time, in his candid memoir Shawn Thornton: Fighting My Way to the Top, Thornton opens up about his life in hockey and beyond, from his early days as an unrated prospect to the leadership lessons he learned in the minors, from the most difficult on-ice brawls to the ecstasy of reaching the sport's most celestial heights. Stories include:

 

  • Memories from his OHL and AHL playing days in Petersborough, St. John’s and Norfolk
  • Winning his first Stanley Cup as a member of the Anaheim Ducks before moving on to Boston to play for the Bruins
  • A deep dive on his seven years as a Boston Bruin, including winning his second Stanley Cup with the team in 2011
  • Thornton’s thoughts on his reputation as a scrappy fighter in the NHL
  • His role as an executive with the Florida Panthers since retiring from hockey

 

A refreshing memoir of battles and self-belief from one of the NHL's most revered enforcers, Shawn Thornton: Fighting My Way to the Top is a must-read for hockey fans this season.

 

About the Authors:

Shawn Thornton played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers during his 14 seasons in the NHL. He joined the Panthers executive staff following retirement and currently serves as the team's Chief Commercial Officer.

 

Dale Arnold hosts Boston Bruins television broadcasts on NESN as well as the daily Dale, Holley & Keefe show on WEEI radio. He is the only person who has done play-by-play broadcasts for all five of the Boston area's major professional sports franchises. Arnold is the author of If These Walls Could Talk: Boston Bruins.

 

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