Today, The fourth annual 98.5 The Sports Hub & Shawn Thornton
"Cuts for a Cause" to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center will be held at Ned Devine's at Faneuil Hall Market Place in Boston.
"I'm excited. My hair is growing over my ears," said Thornton on Tuesday. "So I can't wait to shave this thing off."
Thornton joins teammates Patrice Bergeron
, Zdeno Chara
, Andrew Ference
, Shane Hnidy, Steven Kampfer, Chris Kelly
, David Krejci
, Milan Lucic
, Brad Marchand
, Adam McQuaid
, Daniel Paille
, Rich Peverley
, Tyler Seguin
, Dennis Seidenberg
in the barber chair.
"I'm very thankful for how many teammates signed up this year and that the guys who don't shave are donating money," added Thornton. "It's obviously not enforced or mandatory, but they took it upon themselves after it was mentioned and I think it shows the character of the guys in this room.
"There's definitely some guys that don't want to lose their hair in here that are stepping up for a great cause, so I'm very appreciative."
Thornton shrugged off praise for his place in the event.
"[Aaron Ward] and the guys from 98.5 [Fred Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb] started it and when Wardo got traded I said I'd take it over," he said. "I thought it was a great thing and I thought it was an easy way to raise a lot of money for kids in need and it's been growing every year."
And the fourth annual event should prove to be the best yet.
"I haven't seen the numbers yet," said Thornton. "But I think this is probably going to be...a pretty good number.
"It's cool to see all these guys go up there and...I'm very fortunate to have great teammates that are willing to step up and help with the cause."
Thornton also admitted that there are plenty of people outside the locker room who help, too.
"The Bruins Foundation and 98.5 do a lot," said Thornton. "Actually, they do all the leg work.
"It's pretty easy for me to put my name on it...and we just all show up and, hopefully, raise a ton of money."