The NBC Sports Group announced that Florida Panthers F Shawn Thornton will serve as a guest analyst on NHL Live. Thornton is scheduled to appear on the broadcast on Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17.
NBC Sports Group will produce two versions of NHL Live (one for NBCSN, one for USA Network/CNBC) from separate studios at its International Broadcast Center located in Stamford, Conn. NHL Live will feature a combination of hosts Liam McHugh, Kathryn Tappen, Russ Thaler and Dave Briggs, and analysts and former players Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter.
Thornton, 37, recently completed his first season with Florida, recording five points (1-4—5) and 50 penalty minutes in 46 games played. He played in his 600th National Hockey League game on March 21 against his former club, the Boston Bruins. Thornton is only the third player in history to have played 600 games in both the NHL and the American Hockey League.
A two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2007-Anaheim, 2011-Boston), Thornton has played in 605 regular season NHL contests for Florida (2014-Present), Boston (2007-14), Anaheim (2006-07) and Chicago (2002-06), recording 93 points (39-54—93) and 956 penalty minutes.
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