A home can be a difficult thing for professional athletes to find. So once Thorburn found his place with an NHL franchise, he stayed with it even while it moved around on him.
A second-round pick (No. 50) of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2001 NHL Draft, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native earned a reputation as a crash-and-bang forward who skates well enough to kill penalties. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound wing also demonstrates that he is unafraid to do whatever his team needs, whether it is putting himself in harm's way by blocking shots, taking a hit or dropping the gloves.