Wednesday, 28 October, 2020

Joe Thornton saluted by now-former Sharks teammates

Joe Thornton Toronto Maple Leafs sign Joe Thornton, 41, for 23rd season
Cary Erickson | 17 October, 2020, 18:21

It looks like Marleau and Thornton have played their last game as teammates, but knowing how much they love to play hockey, don't put it past them to keep playing beyond the 2020-21 NHL season and join forces on the Sharks or another team. He has recorded 1,509 points (420 goals, 1089 assists) during regular season games, while adding 133 points (31 goals, 102 assists) in 179 playoff games. "Such a respectful person", Couture told Kevin Kurz of The Athletic after Thornton agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Maple Leafs.

The 41-year-old recently announced his commitment to HC Davos of the Swiss National League, but is expected to report for training camp when the NHL resumes. In 1997, Thornton was selected No. 1 overall in the NHL Entry Draft, while Marleau went next at No. 2 overall to the Sharks.

He was named captain of the Bruins before the 2002-03 season, but the struggling Bruins dealt Thornton to San Jose part way through the 2005-06 campaign.

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Thornton is still chasing his first career Stanley Cup.

Thornton is the second Ontario-born veteran to sign a league-minimum deal with the Leafs in this free agency, joining Jason Spezza.

He had 31 points in 70 games for the Sharks last season, skating a career low 15:30 per game on average.