Many hockey players enjoy playing golf in the offseason. Perhaps it’s a combination of the slower pace, the lessened risk of injury and the warm, scenic environs. Shawn Thornton also likes to play–he recently held and played in a charity golf tournament–and went to the PGA Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston to watch guys like Tiger Woods do what they do best.
But he’s not just there as any old spectator. He’s taken over the PGA’s official Twitter account to provide commentary on what he’s seeing. Much like the official Boston Bruins tweets, which can be written by different people and are signed to show who wrote them, he signs them ^ST so people know they’re different from normal account tweets.
As someone who is no fan of golf, and who can barely even put together a good putt-putt or Wii golf game, I’m interested in Thornton’s view of things nonetheless. Let’s see what he’s thinking about on the green:
The Keegan he is referring to is Keegan Bradley, whose Twitter profile picture shows him wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey and hat. Check out his mom holding a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee!
Thornton was also recently featured on the NHLPA’s Between the Bluelines feature, answering five questions about his career so far. He’s happy to be seen by the Bruins staff as a guy who can both fight and play, praised his times in St. John’s, Anaheim (where he won his first Stanley Cup) and Boston, plus talked about his own Wayne Gretzky moment–that penalty shot goal against Winnipeg in January.
“To pull off a move I had never tried and it worked out, it was a great. Any player wants to contribute on different levels. That’s what I’ve always tried to do. It was certainly a nice moment, something I won’t forget,” he said.
He likes being seen around Boston, like at a boxing match he recently attended, and likes Boston fans’ passion.
He has a big goal, though:
“As time has gone on in my career, I thought I would be privileged to play in 600 games in the minors, which I have, and 600 games in the NHL. I’ll tell you that if that happened, I’d be a pretty happy man.”
Well, he’s at 450 NHL games played right now and is 35 years old. It’s safe to say he could hit that goal he’s set himself before he hangs up the skates–to perhaps enjoy some more time for golf.