Shawn Thornton playing balanced game

Bruins forward stepping outside his stereotypical 'tough guy' role

Updated: December 25, 2010, 2:24 AM ET
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com

For the first time in three years, Shawn Thornton is spending Christmas with his parents, who live in his native Ontario.

For the Boston Bruins forward, that is the best Christmas present he has gotten in recent memory.

"You don't get to see family much [during the season], and obviously at the holidays, it's tough, so this is really special this year and I'm pretty excited," Thornton told ESPNBoston.com.

His parents arrived at Logan Airport on Wednesday night and they ...

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