Shawn Thornton shifts from Panthers player to Panthers executive

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Back in April, it became clear that tough guy Shawn Thornton realized his playing days were over with the Florida Panthers. That doesn’t mean he’s finished trying to help them succeed.

The Panthers announced that Thornton will transition from enforcer to “vice president of business operations.”

“Shawn’s work ethic, enthusiasm and passion for the Panthers organization is second to none,” Panthers president Matthew Caldwell said. “We are thrilled to welcome him to our executive team and know that he will bring the same level of professionalism, experience and leadership to the business side of our organization as he did in the locker room.”

From an entertainment perspective, the best thing to come from all of this was probably this prank, a reminder that rookie ribbing isn’t exclusive to players alone.

Nicely done.