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Shawn Thornton: No Matter What, Boston Will be Home

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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton will continue to call Boston home regardless if he returns to the team. Elise Amendola / AP photo

In the Bruins' end of year media availability, fourth liner Shawn Thornton — the fan favorite and lovable enforcer — said he intends to keep his family in Boston, even if his services are no longer wanted with the Bruins.

"I’m hoping I’m back," Thornton said. I don’t know, I haven’t had a meeting yet. If not, I’m still going to be in the community and still going to be here. This is where we live now, this is home. That stuff isn’t going to change."

Thornton has been with the Bruins for seven seasons and his presence has been woven into the fabric of the city, both known for his community work as well as appearances on commercials representing local brands.

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With his contract expiring after the season officially closes, Thornton said he is determined to play at least one or two more years in the league.

"Oh yeah, 100 percent," he said. "Body still feels good, which is kind of surprising to me. Fighting for 15, 16, 17 years, I’m actually a little surprised at how good I feel."

And after his professional career is done, whether it ends with the Bruins or another team, Boston will be his home.

"We already talked as a family, this is where we’re going to end up."