BOSTON -- There's no doubt that Shawn Thornton has made a difference on and off the ice in Boston, but it's pretty clear that Boston has made quite an impression on Thornton as well.
As such the B's on-ice beat cop made sure to take some time to thank the people in and around his adopted home.
"The people have been unbelievable to me ever since I got here," said Thornton, who asked the powers-that-be to give him a little extra time with the Stanley Cup in order to give back to Boston.
"The organization, the Hall of Fame and the NHL were very gracious about giving me a day here on top of the one I had in my hometown," said Thornton from the dining room of the Warren Tavern in Charlestown. "So far, I mean we're only halfway through the day, it's been a good day.
"We've taken it to a couple of local establishments and all the people seem to be having a good time with the trophy, so I think everyone is getting a kick out of it.
"You see all the smiles on everyone's faces and that's pretty cool to see," he said.
Thornton said he was going to maximize that smile count, too.
"I know so many people in town now that I'm going to try and stop by a couple other places to get some pictures and take care of everybody as much as I can," said Thornton.
For Shawn, those stops included places like the Ironsides Grill, also in Charlestown, and the Red Sox offices at Fenway Park.
"We're going to take it to Fenway and let the people in the ticket office get to spend some time with it," said Thornton. "They're unbelievable to me over there.
"So we had talked about it and we're going to try and take it over there for a half an hour to 45 minutes and let all the people in the ticket office take their picture with it," he said, before adding "Then it's on to Children's after that."
Children's is, of course, Children's Hospital Boston.
"I know it's been to a few hospitals since we've won it and we're trying to figure out where we could take it where it hasn't been or it hasn't been in a while," said Thornton. "It's for the kids.
"I guess it sounds [cliche] because everyone says it's for the kids, but it is. So we want to take it there and bring some smiles to the faces of all the children.
"I mean that trophy has some special powers."
And so do the children. Thornton marveled at the patients' ability to transcend their illnesses.
"[Even] with the things that they are going through and they always have smiles on their faces it's pretty awesome," he said.
After a couple more city stops, Thornton planned to slow things down.
"I'm taking it to dinner with just me and my wife [Erin]," said Thornton. "I'm taking it to Navy Yard Bistro. My friend John Moore owns the restaurant. "It's a place in Charlestown where I spend a lot of time and John's a good friend of mine.
"He's recovering from an infection he had a year ago. He was in a coma basically and now he's walking around and swinging a golf club a little bit and he's been very supportive of my charities and stuff. So I'm going to take my wife in there.
"He said he's bringing out the best bottle of wine he has so I think we're going to try and enjoy that."
And then Thornton and a "few" friends will be treated to a private Dropkick Murphys concert.
"Kenny Casey's been unbelievable about tonight," said Thornton of the band's lead singer. "He's pretty much set all this stuff up tonight.
"He was supposed to have a [celebrity] golf tournament today and I was supposed to play in it...he cancelled that and he's bringing all the celebrities in, the corporate sponsors too, for a private show and of course I invited four or five hundred of my closest friends.
"It's like an astronomical number, but it should be a good time and the Dropkicks are going to play a private show for a couple of hours.