Florida Panthers President & CEO Matthew Caldwell announced today that Petes alumnus Shawn Thornton has been named the club’s Vice President, Business Operations. Thornton will work closely with Caldwell and Chief of Staff Sean McCaffrey.
“Shawn’s work ethic, enthusiasm and passion for the Panthers organization is second to none,” said Caldwell. “We are thrilled to welcome him to our executive team and know that he will bring the same level of professionalism, experience and leadership to the business side of our organization as he did in the locker room.”
“It’s a humbling day for me and I’m excited to begin the next chapter of my career in hockey,” said Thornton. “The business side of operating an NHL team has always fascinated me. I have had the privilege of learning from and working with a number of first-class individuals, leaders and organizations during the course of my playing career and I look forward to applying some of those lessons in my new role. My family and I are very grateful that we’ll be able to continue to be a part of the Panthers family and the South Florida community.”
Shawn was drafted in the 7th round (190th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft following two seasons with the Petes. He amassed 23 goals, 20 assists, 43 points and 396 penalty minutes in 124 games between 1994 and 1996. He was a member of the 1996 OHL Championship Petes.
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