Monday, April 19, 2010

Former BU MVP hangs ‘em up

Steve Thornton, MVP of the Terriers’ 1994-95 national championship team, has ended his professional career after 15 seasons. Thornton, who scored 144 points during his BU career, played one season with Peoria in the IHL and spent the next 14 years in Europe, primarily in the UK. The past two seasons, he’s been player-head coach of the Belfast Giants.

Thornton finished his pro career the same way his college career ended—with a title—as Belfast won the Playoff Championship of the British Elite League. His Terrier teammate Shane Johnson also played for the Giants the past few seasons.

On a high-scoring BU squad that included one first team All-America (Mike Grier) and second-teamers Kai Linna and Chris O’Sullivan, Thornton earned his teammates vote as MVP. In the NCAA title game vs. Maine, he scored BU’s first goal right off a faceoff to the left of the Black Bears’ goalie. (video)

A dual citizen of Canada and the U.K., Thornton is returning to Ontario and has taken a position outside of hockey near Ottawa.

Looking ahead
2010 recruit Adam Clendening scored his second goal of the World U18 Championships and added an assist in Team USA's 7-1 win over host Belarus. With six points, Clendening is the leading scorer for Team USA who faces the Czech Repubilc tomorrow in the tournament quarterfinals.

2010 recruit Sahir Gill scored his seventh post-season goal in Vernon’s 3-2 OT win over Spruce Grove in game three of the Doyle Cup series. BCHL champ Vipers lead the Saints 2 games to 1. Gill’s goal gave Vernon a 2-1 lead and appeared to be the game-winner until a late Spruce Grove goal tied the game.

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