And The Award For The “2011-12 Frozen Fisticuffs Fighter Of The Year” Goes To…Shawn Thornton!
Last season it was Cam Janssen of the New Jersey Devils beating out the competition to earn the first ever “Frozen Fisticuffs Fighter of the Year” award. Janssen was in the running once again throughout the 2011-12 NHL season, but in the end, he would fall just short of earning the honor for the second consecutive season.
The “Frozen Fisticuffs Fighter of the Year” award is not only about who engages in the most bouts throughout the course of a single season, but it is also about making each of those fights exciting ones that are capable of bringing the fans to their feet as they “ooh” and “aah” after every punch thrown. Shawn Thornton offered just that during his league-leading 20 fights this season, and as a result, he earns honors as the “2011-12 Frozen Fisticuffs Fighter of the Year.”
Thornton’s 20 bouts tied him with Brandon Prust for most in the league, and seven of those fights were good enough to land him a spot on “The Frozen Fisticuffs Fight of the Night.” Some of his best bouts were his March 6th scrap with Jay Rosehill, his January 4th battle with Cam Janssen, and the following slugfest with Eric Boulton from March 1st.
Congratulations to Thornton on this well-deserved honor.
Honorable mentions go to Brandon Prust (tied for league lead with 20 fights), Cam Janssen (six appearances on “Frozen Fisticuffs Fight of the Night” this season), Brad Staubitz (six appearances on “Frozen Fisticuffs Fight of the Night” this season), and Brandon Bollig (eight fights in only 18 games played this season).
We look forward to seeing all of the aforementioned combatants back in action next season. Till then!