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Born July 2, 1979 (1979-07-02) (age 30),
London, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
San Jose Sharks
Boston Bruins
HC Davos
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1997
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1997 – present

Joseph Eric Thornton (born July 2, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by and played seven seasons for the Boston Bruins before being traded to San Jose in 2005–06. He was an Art Ross- and Hart Memorial Trophy-recipient[1] in his first season with the Sharks. Thornton's on-ice vision, strength on the puck, deft passing ability, and power forward style of play have led to him becoming one of the league's premier top line centres.[2]

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Playing career

Junior career (1995–1997)

Joe played for the St. Thomas Stars Jr. B hockey club of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada before moving on to the Jr. A level. Thornton played major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for two seasons, beginning in 1995–96. He posted a 76-point season as a rookie, earning him the Emms Family Award as the OHL's top first-year player, as well as CHL Rookie of the Year honours. The following season, in 1996–97, Thornton improved to 41 goals and 122 points, second overall in league scoring behind Marc Savard of the Oshawa Generals, and was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team.

Boston Bruins (1997–2005)

After his second OHL season, Thornton was drafted first overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He made the immediate jump to the NHL from junior, debuting with the Bruins in 1997–98. However, with high expectations, Thornton was made a healthy scratch early in the season[3] and did not score his first NHL goal until December 3, 1997, in a 3–0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers.[4] He completed his rookie campaign managing 7 points in 55 games. The following season, Thornton was able to make a significant impact and improved to 41 points in 81 games, including a 9-point effort in 11 playoff games that post-season. He continued to build as a key player in the Bruins' lineup, culminating in his appointment as team captain in 2002–03, succeeding previous captain Jason Allison who had left for the Los Angeles Kings after the 2000–01 season. Thornton responded with a 101-point season, third in league-scoring, behind Peter Forsberg and Markus Näslund, and his highest output as a Bruin.

After dipping back down to 73 points in 77 games the next season in 2003–04, Thornton went abroad to play for HC Davos due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, where he played on a line with fellow young Canadian star Rick Nash and Niklas Hagman, winning the Swiss ice hockey championship.[5] With the NHL set to resume in 2005–06, Thornton was a restricted free agent and reportedly unhappy with the state of the franchise, as well as the criticism of his play in the Bruins' early playoff exit in 2004.[6] Thornton was under heavy scrutiny for his leadership while and was criticized for being unable to raise his level of play during the playoffs, as he never scored more than nine points in two series or finished with a plus/minus rating higher than +1.[citation needed] Many people feel that Robbie Ftorek gave Thornton the "C" too early. Regardless, Thornton re-signed with the team on August 11, 2005, to a three-year deal worth US$20 million.

In the midst of another career year, the Bruins were, however, struggling in the standings and on November 30, 2005, Thornton was traded to the San Jose Sharks in a blockbuster four-player deal, which sent forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau and defenceman Brad Stuart to Boston.[2] Thornton was the team's leading scorer at the time by a substantial margin.

San Jose Sharks (2005–present)

Thornton during the warm-up for the game against the Nashville Predators in February 2007.

Upon arriving in San Jose, Thornton improved the Sharks' fortunes and found instant chemistry with winger Jonathan Cheechoo. During the absence of usual alternate captain Alyn McCauley from the San Jose lineup, Thornton donned the "A" for the first time as a Shark in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on March 30, 2006,[citation needed] and wore the "A" whenever McCauley was out of the lineup for the remainder of the season. Tallying 92 points in 58 games with the Sharks since the trade, Thornton helped Cheechoo to a Rocket Richard Trophy-winning season with 56 goals, while he would himself lead the NHL with 96 assists and 125 points total to earn the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer, the first player to do so the same season he was traded.[citation needed] In the playoffs, however, Thornton was once again criticized for his play as his production decreased to 2 goals and 9 points in 11 games as the Sharks were ousted in the second round. In the off-season, Thornton was honoured for his regular season play and was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP to go with his Art Ross Trophy.[1]

Joe Thornton.jpg

Thornton began the 2006–07 campaign being awarded permanent alternate captaincy, but initially produced at a far slower pace than his Hart Trophy-winning year the previous season. He did not score his first goal of the season until the Sharks' 12th game.[citation needed] However, it was later revealed he was battling a toe injury for the entire first half of the season, until he was finally able to recover in January.[7] After recovering, Thornton enjoyed a productive second half, battling Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby for a second consecutive scoring title late in the year, eventually finishing second in scoring to Crosby with 114, 6 fewer than the Pittsburgh sophomore. Thornton became only the third player in NHL history to record back to back 90 assist seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.[8]

Thornton faces off against Trevor Linden.

It appeared as though Thornton was finally having the breakout postseason expected of him all these years after he recorded six assists (although no goals) in the first-round series against Nashville. He proceeded to score a goal and add three assists in the Sharks' first three games of the second round against Detroit. However, Thornton was effectively neutralized by superstar Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidström,[9] among others, in the final three games of the series, as the Sharks were once again bounced from the playoffs in the second round.

In the off-season, Thornton signed a three-year contract extension worth US$21.6 million that will keep him with the Sharks until June 2011.[10]

In 2008–09, Thornton was named captain of the Western Conference for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.[11] That post season he recorded 1 goal and 4 assists in six games for 5 points in a first round loss to the rival Anaheim Ducks. [12]

In July 2009 Joe Thornton became a naturalized United States citizen at a ceremony in Campbell, California, a small city near San Jose.

In December 2009, Thornton along with teammates Dan Boyle, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau were named to be on Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, where they won the gold medal.

Awards

Joe Thornton at the 2006 NHL Awards ceremony.

Major junior

NHL

SUI

  • Won the Spengler Cup with HC Davos in 2004.
  • Won the Swiss ice hockey championship with HC Davos in 2005.

International

Records

  • Only player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy while switching clubs in his winning campaign - 2005-06
  • Highest point total recorded by a player while playing with two different teams in one season (125) - 2005-06

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 66 30 46 76 53 4 1 1 2 11
1996–97 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 59 41 81 122 123 11 11 8 19 24
1997–98 Boston Bruins NHL 55 3 4 7 19 6 0 0 0 9
1998–99 Boston Bruins NHL 81 16 25 41 69 11 3 6 9 4
1999–00 Boston Bruins NHL 81 23 37 60 82
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 72 37 34 71 107
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 66 22 46 68 127 6 2 4 6 10
2002–03 Boston Bruins NHL 77 36 65 101 109 5 1 2 3 4
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 77 23 50 73 98 7 0 0 0 14
2004–05 HC Davos NLA 40 10 44 54 80 14 4 20 24 29
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 23 9 24 33 6
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 58 20 72 92 55 11 2 7 9 12
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 22 92 114 44 11 1 10 11 10
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 29 67 96 59 13 2 8 10 2
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 25 61 86 56 6 1 4 5 5
OHL totals 125 71 127 198 176 15 12 9 21 35
NHL totals 835 265 577 842 812 76 12 41 53 70
Note: Older cousin Scott played for the Sharks from 2000-06 and just retired from the Los Angeles Kings. Also has not missed a game since becoming a Shark in late 2005.

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Olympic Winter Games
Gold 2010 Vancouver Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2005 Ice hockey
World Cup
Gold 2004 World Cup of Hockey Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 1997 Ice hockey

Played for Canada in:

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Canada WJC 7 2 2 4 0
2001 Canada WC 6 1 1 2 6
2004 Canada WCH 6 1 5 6 0
2005 Canada WC 9 6 10 16 4
2006 Canada Oly 6 1 2 3 0
Senior int'l totals 27 9 18 27 10


On Wednesday December 30, 2009, Thornton was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. [13]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "NHL AWARDS / 'Humbled' Thornton named MVP". http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2006/06/23/SPGC3JJ9801.DTL. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  2. ^ a b Associated Press. "ESPN - Thornton traded to Sharks for three players - NHL". Sports.espn.go.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2242875. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  3. ^ "NHL: LAST NIGHT; Lightning Coach On Thin Ice". New York Times. 1997-10-24. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30713F83A5A0C778EDDA90994DF494D81. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  4. ^ "NHL LAST NIGHT; Hasek Blanks Anaheim". New York Times. 1997-12-05. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F07E5DA123DF937A35751C1A961958260. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Joe Thornton". Hockeydraft.ca. http://hockeydraft.ca/players/joe-thornton.aspx. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  6. ^ Scott BurnsideSpecial to ESPN.com. "ESPN - What will the new NHL look like? - NHL". Sports.espn.go.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?id=2106450. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  7. ^ "Joe Thornton - Mahalo". Mahalo.com. http://www.mahalo.com/Joe_Thornton. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  8. ^ "The NHL Arena > Joe Thornton #19". Thenhlarena.com. http://www.thenhlarena.com/lofiversion/index.php/t592.html. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  9. ^ "NHL - 2007 Playoffs San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings - Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/playoffs/sandet?season=2006. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  10. ^ Associated Press. "ESPN - Three-year extension keeps Thornton in San Jose through 2011 - NHL". Sports.espn.go.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2922448. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  11. ^ Kovalev, Thornton named All-Star team captains
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "Canadian Olympic Hockey Team: 2010 Roster Released". Huntington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/30/canadian-olympic-hockey-t_n_407458.html. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 

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Preceded by
Chris Phillips
1st overall pick in NHL Entry Draft
1997
Succeeded by
Vincent Lecavalier
Preceded by
Jason Allison
Boston Bruins captains
200205
Succeeded by
Zdeno Chára
Preceded by
Martin St. Louis
Winner of the Art Ross Memorial Trophy
2006
Succeeded by
Sidney Crosby
Preceded by
Martin St. Louis
Winner of the Hart Trophy
2006
Succeeded by
Sidney Crosby

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Born July 2, 1979 (1979-07-02) (age 31),
London, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
San Jose Sharks
Boston Bruins
HC Davos
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1997
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1997 – present

Joseph Eric Thornton (born July 2, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL).








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