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Bruins sign tough guy forward Shawn Thornton to 2-year contract extension

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins signed forward Shawn Thornton to a two-year contract extension Friday.

The 32-year-old Thornton had one goal, nine assists and a career-high 141 penalty minutes in 74 games in 2009-10, his third season with the Bruins. He could have become a free agent on July 1.

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Thornton’s 21 fighting majors led the team and tied for fifth in the NHL.

Thornton has also played for the Chicago Black Hawks and the Anaheim Ducks.