Boston Bruins

Thornton to Narrate “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Shawn Thornton

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert series in Symphony Hall, sponsored by the Fairmont Copley Plaza, kicks off December 5. Thousands are expected to attend and partake in a heartwarming singalong. Santa Claus himself will even be there to help get the Boston area in the Christmas spirit.

Enter Shawn Thornton.

The Bruins enforcer will narrate Clement Clarke Moore’s 1823 poem alongside the Boston Pops. This news follows Thornton’s remarks concerning the end of his career at the hands of the lockout.

“If this goes on for a year or two then I’m probably done and I have to go back to working for a living,” he told he told’s Joe Haggerty. “That’s fine. I’ve done it before. I worked in a steel factory when I was younger. But on the other side I’d like to play out the last two years of my contract and be a little bit ahead after fighting 400 times over the last 15 years.”

Prior to that, Thornton appeared in a groan-worthy ad for City of Boston Credit Union.


“Give me your money, Felger.”

After all, the Bruins have a strong tradition of appearing in painfully awkward commercials, chronicled here. But I hope you’re happy, NHL owners. One of the league’s classiest fighters is now narrating Christmas music for children.


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