Shawn Thornton settles in

Enforcer comfortable as Bruins leader, member of Boston sports landscape

Updated: January 14, 2013, 11:10 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Shawn Thornton is always paying attention.

The Boston Bruins' veteran leader closely observes what happens on the ice, and what occurs off of it, too. Similarly, he protects his teammates on and off the ice, and he's not afraid to speak his mind. Thornton's personality, hockey skills and community presence never have been overlooked in his time in Boston.

But something is different as he enters his sixth season in black and gold. It has nothing to do with ...

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