There aren't many Bruins players who have strong connections to the Chicago Blackhawks, but B's fourth line enforcer Shawn Thornton qualifies as the individual with the strongest ties. The 35-year-old NHL veteran debuted for the Blackhawks during the 2002-03 season when injuries hit Chicago out of training camp. He wore No. 49 for head coach Brian Sutter while riding on the right wing with Michael Nylander and Steve Sullivan. It was back in the dark days of the Blackhawks when the games weren't shown on TV, and it became a home for fading NHL veterans like Theo Fleury, Phil Housley and Alex Zhamnov.
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