Scott Thornton always wanted to win a big shiny trophy while skating in Toronto. That happened Sunday, just not quite the way he envisioned.
Thornton, who played 17 seasons in the NHL with six teams, was named the winner of the fourth season of Battle of the Blades, a television show that pairs former NHL players with top female figure skaters in a skating competition.
Taken by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the third pick of the 1991 NHL Draft, the Stanley Cup was the trophy he had hoped he'd win in Toronto. But after seven weeks on the show, he and partner Amanda Evora edged Jason Strudwick and partner Violetta Afanasieva for the title.
"This wasn’t anything that was on my radar before the show was created," Thornton told NHL.com. "The opportunity came and I thought it was a fantastic chance to have a lot of fun, try a new sport, and raise some money and awareness for charity."