Shawn Thornton has a new job title as the Florida Panthers named the recently retired forward as their vice president of business operations on Thursday.
"It's a humbling day for me and I'm excited to begin the next chapter of my career in hockey," the 39-year-old Thornton said.
"The business side of operating an NHL team has always fascinated me. I have had the privilege of learning from and working with a number of first-class individuals, leaders and organizations during the course of my playing career and I look forward to applying some of those lessons in my new role."
A two-time Stanley Cup champion, Thornton collected 102 points (42 goals, 60 assists) in 705 career games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins and Panthers. He had two goals and two assists in 50 games with Florida this past season.
"Shawn's work ethic, enthusiasm and passion for the Panthers organization is second to none," Florida president and CEO 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."