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Thornton Tries Jujitsu, Boxing, Golf & More...

Shawn continues to keep himself busy

Thursday, 06.07.2012 / 3:40 PM / Features
By Renee Anderson  - BostonBruins.com
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Thornton Tries Jujitsu, Boxing, Golf & More...

BostonBruins.com – Earlier this summer, B's defenseman Dennis Seidenberg described his strenuous summer workouts and said he often gets teased about his intense training regimen.

Seidenberg's teammate Shawn Thornton bore that out and, true to form, didn't pull any punches when he spoke about the defenseman.

"Seids likes to carry grocery bags around all the time and never lets his breath out," Thornton joked. "So, I don't think he even took a day off.

"He was probably on the bench press four times the day after we lost."

But it's not as if the B's beat cop is a couch potato.

Thornton, who led the team in penalty minutes (154) this season, has been staying in shape by running, lifting and, of course, boxing.

In fact, the 6-foot-2, 217-pound forward recently added a new type of training to his own formidable regimen.

"I went to a jujitsu class last night for the first time," Thornton said with a smile. "It was pretty fun; it's kind of addicting actually.

"I'm going to try to take that up a couple times a week this summer too on top of everything else."

The Japanese martial art is said to improve speed, strength, endurance, flexibility and focus.

"It's a whole different animal. It's something new to learn," added Thornton. "It takes the repetition out of it and it's another challenge.

"I'm going to have fun with it."

Despite the gruff exterior, the B's most frequent pugilist knows when to let his guard down, and very much looked forward to traveling to Las Vegas for the upcoming Manny Pacquiao boxing match.

Perhaps boxing's Welterweight Champion can offer a few fighting tips for the B's enforcer?

"We're working on maybe being able to run into him somewhere, and I've love to pick his brain for a little bit if we can," Thornton said. "I'm really excited."

In addition to hockey, jujitsu and boxing, Thornton plans on playing golf this offseason. He will host his annual tournament at Ferncroft Country Club in August.

"I'm hoping we can sell it out again. It's a good time," Thornton said of his tournament to benefit the fight against Parkinson's Disease. "I have a great day that day too, and I think everybody that comes out has had a good time.

"So come on out, play, support it."

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