Thornton played for Davos during the 2004-05 work stoppage, compiling 54 points in 44 games. He met his wife in Davos and told Pierre Lebrun of ESPN.com that he has trained with Davos in the past when they are there visiting family.
Thornton said he is planning to fly to Switzerland later this week.
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers