Joe Thornton
Joe Thornton
Sharks - Center
NUMBER: 19
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
WEIGHT: 220
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 07/02/1979
AGE: 34
BIRTHPLACE: London, ON, CAN
DRAFTED: BOS: 1997-1 overall

2011-12: T-3rd in the League in assists, T-12th in points (18-59=77) and T-9th in power play assists (19)…4th in the League in takeaways (96) and T-11th in faceoff percentage (56.1%)…T-1st in the League in road points (8-34=42) and first in road assists…Led the team in points and assists…Had his first Gordie Howe Hat Trick as a Shark, 13th in franchise history, with a goal, an assist and a fighting major at Los Angeles on April 5…Named Brocade “Sharks Player of the Month” for Feb. and March…Posted his 600th point as a Shark on Feb. 21 at Columbus…Appeared in his 500th game as a Shark on Jan. 5 vs. Columbus…His two assists on Nov. 5 vs. Nashville gave him 703 in his career tying him with former teammate Jeremy Roenick for 49th on the all-time list….Became the 50th player in NHL history to record 700 career assists with his two helpers at Nashville on Oct. 25…Became the 266th player in NHL history to play in 1,000 games on Oct. 21 at New Jersey recording a goal and an assist. He is the second player selected in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft to accomplish the feat, following teammate Patrick Marleau...Playoffs: Led the team in points (2-3=5) and faceoff percentage (61.1%)...Tied for the team lead in goals, assists and plus/minus (+2).

CAREER 2010-11: Named the eighth full-time captain in Sharks history on Oct. 7…Registered his 1,000th point (goal) at Phoenix on April 8, becoming the 78th NHL player to hit the mark…Scored his 20th goal of the season on April 4 vs. Los Angeles, marking his 11th consecutive 20-goal season...Second on the team in points and led in assists (also T-10th in NHL)…Led NHL in takeaways (114)…Recorded his 400th assist as a Shark on March 10 vs. Vancouver…Scored his fifth shorthanded goal on Dec. 6 at Detroit…Registered his 500th point as a Shark vs. Detroit on Nov. 30, which marked the 5-year anniversary of the day he was acquired…Named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending Oct. 31…Tied a franchise record by figuring in the scoring on eight consecutive team goals (3-5=8) from Oct. 27 vs. New Jersey through Oct. 30 vs. Anaheim. It tied the mark was set by Kelly Kisio from Dec. 3-9, 1992…Tied his single-game career highs in goals (three) and points (five), in registering his fourth career hat trick on Oct. 27 vs. New Jersey…Signed a three-year contract extension on Oct. 16…Playoffs: T-9th in the League in points, T-2nd in assists and fourth in faceoff percentage (59.2)…Three assists in WCSF Game 3 at Detroit and WCF Game 3 vs. Vancouver tied a franchise game high, set a personal playoff best and tied a personal playoff high for points in a game…Had an assist in WCSF Game 7 vs. Detroit…Scored the overtime series-clinching goal in WCQF Game 6…Scored the game-winning goal in WCSF Game 4 at Los Angeles.

2009-10: Posted seventh consecutive season of at least 20 goals and 50 assists — the longest streak for any NHL player since Steve Yzerman and Doug Gilmour had eight season streaks from 1986-87 through 1993-94…Eighth in the League in points and second in assists…Appeared in his 900th game on March 4 vs. Montreal…Missed three games (March 28-April 2, lower body)…Missed his first game since being acquired by San Jose on March 28 vs. Colorado ending his consecutive games streak at 379 (Dec. 2, 2005-March 27, 2010) with the team (franchise high) and overall streak at 398 (Oct. 20, 2005-March 27, 2010)…Posted his 900th point on Jan. 4 vs. Los Angeles…Had a 17-game road point streak (7-18=25) from Nov. 1-Dec. 22…Recorded his fifth career point streak of 10-or-more games with his 10-game point streak from Nov. 14-Dec. 3 (3-13=16)…NHL Second Star of the Month for November…NHL First Star of the Week for week ending Nov. 22…Notched his 600th and 601st assists in four-assist night on Nov. 20 vs. Philadelphia…Surpassed Owen Nolan for second on the all-time Sharks point list (452) with an assist vs. Calgary on Jan. 18. It took him 354 games to catch Nolan, who reached 451 points in 568…Registered his 400th point as a Shark in just his 312th game with San Jose on Oct. 17 at the New York Islanders…Playoffs: Had a six-game point streak (3-6=9) from April 24-May 8…Assisted on Marleau’s game-winning goal in the series-clinching WCSF Game 5…Assisted on Marleau’s overtime game-winner in WCSF Game 3…Registered the game-winning goal in WCSF Game 2…Olympics: Won a gold medal with Canada.

2008-09: Among NHL leaders: seventh in assists (also led team), 11th in points and T-11th in power play points...Appeared in his 300th game as a Shark on April 4 vs. Anaheim...Played in his 800th game at Colorado on Jan. 27...Made his sixth All-Star Game appearance on Jan. 25 and tied the game-high with three points (assists)...Recorded his 800th point on Dec. 31 at Minnesota...Tied the franchise record for consecutive games played (247 — Vincent Damphousse) on Dec. 2, 2008 which marked the three-year anniversary of his Sharks debut (Dec. 2, 2005 at Buffalo)...Playoffs: Led team in points…Figured in on all three goals (1-2=3) in a 3-2 overtime victory in WCQF Game 5 vs. Anaheim on April 25.

2007-08: Named to the NHL Second All-Star Team…Sixth in the voting for the Hart Memorial Trophy…Fourth player to lead the NHL in assists in three straight seasons, tying Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Stan Mikita…Also fifth in points…Led Sharks in goals and power play goals (11)…12th among League forwards and led team in ice time (21:23)…Won the Sharks “PlayStation Three Stars of the Game” Award…NHL First Star of the Week for the week ending March 30…Posted third career hat trick, first with the Sharks, on March 25 at Phoenix…Tied a franchise record for goals in a period with his third period hat trick at Phoenix on March 25. Jonathan Cheechoo was the last to accomplish the feat with three goals in the second period vs. Los Angeles on April 1, 2007…Named NHL Third Star of the Week for the week ending March 9…Played in his 200th game with the Sharks on Feb. 20 at New Jersey…Named as a Western Conference All-Star, his fifth consecutive All-Star nod, posting one assist…Registered his 700th point with an assist and played a season-high 31:01 vs. Phoenix on Dec. 20…Appeared in his 700th game vs. Buffalo on Dec. 8…Playoffs: Became San Jose’s all-time leader in postseason assists (25)…Led NHL in takeaways (19).

2006-07: Voted “Sharks Player of the Year”…Earned the PlayStation “Three Stars of the Year” Award…Became the third player in NHL history to have back-to-back 90-assist seasons by posting two on April 5 vs. Calgary — the only other two players who’ve had consecutive 90-assist seasons are Wayne Gretzky (12, 1980-81 through 1991-92) and Mario Lemieux (1987-88 and 1988-89)…Led NHL in assists, second in PP points (54), PP assists (44) and points…Led NHL in home assists (54)…Led San Jose in points and takeaways (51)…Named the NHL’s Second Star of the Month for March where he led all NHL scorers during the month with 24 points in 14 games…Set a franchise record for assists (formerly Thornton’s 72 in 2005-06) and tied the franchise record for points (with Cheechoo’s 93 in 2005-06) with four points at Phoenix on March 15…Named NHL’s First Star of the Week for week ending March 18…Voted to the starting lineup, leading all Western Conference players in votes, for the All-Star Game…In the NHL SuperSkills competition, hit four targets on six attempts in the shooting accuracy, scored a goal in the shootout competition and posted the second-hardest shot among the Western Conference competitors at 93.2 mph…Named the NHL’s Third Star for the week ending Jan. 8 by posting seven points in two games…Recorded his 200th goal on Dec. 31 at Dallas…Finished fourth in the voting for The Lionel Conacher Award as Canadian male athlete of the year in a survey by The Canadian Press and Broadcast News (NBA star and former Santa Clara University basketball player Steve Nash was first)…Playoffs: Tied a Sharks playoff record with his seven-game assist streak (eight) from April 16 vs. Nashville through May 2 vs. Detroit (Jeff Norton — 1994 at Toronto through 1999 vs. Colorado)…Among NHL leaders: T-6th in assists and T-19th in points.

2005-06: Became the first Shark to win the Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) and the Art Ross Trophy (NHL scoring leader)…Finalist for the Lester B. Pearson Award, given to the League’s most valuable player as selected by the players…First Team NHL All-Star…Named “Sharks Player of the Year”…Named the “Sharks Player of the Month” for December and April…Named NHL Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season, Dec. 5-11 and April 10-16 (shared honors with Cheechoo)…His season assist total (96) was greater than the point total (94) of 2003-04 Art Ross Trophy winner Martin St. Louis, marking the first time since the 1929-30 season that a player’s assist total surpassed the point total of the prior season’s leading scorer (Frank Boucher had 36 assists in 1929-30, while Ace Bailey led the League with 32 points in 1928-29)…Only the 11th player in NHL history to record 90-plus assists in a single season and the only one to do it while playing for two teams in the season…His 96 assists were 16th most in NHL history and led the League…Finished second on the Sharks franchise list for single season points (92)…Third in the NHL in power play assists (40) and T-4th in PP points (51)…Registered at least one point in 80.2 percent of his games played (65/81)…Set the NHL record for points in a single season by a player who played for two teams in one season (surpassed the 112 points scored by Bernie Nicholls in 1989-90) by recording two assists on April 9 against Dallas…Notched his 56th assist on Feb. 6 against Calgary matching St. Louis’ NHL-leading total from 2003-04…Tied Sharks franchise record with at least one assist in eight consecutive games (3-13=16, Dec. 2-20) that was previously done by Nicholls (0-8=8, Oct. 24-Nov. 8, 1996)…Scored his first goal as a Shark in his first home game in San Jose against Atlanta on Dec. 6…Had two assists in his first game with San Jose on Dec. 2 at Buffalo…Playoffs: When the Sharks were eliminated from contention, was T-12th in the League in assists…Olympics: Registered three points (two assists).

2004-05: Played with Davos in Swizterland, leading team and finishing seventh overall in league scoring…Led the league in playoff scoring as Davos won the Swiss League Championship…World Championships MVP with Team Canada.

2003-04: Reached the 20-plus goal mark for the fifth straight season…Led Boston in assists and points for the third time…Had 19 multiple-point games…Voted a starter for the Eastern Conference Team at the All-Star Game — his third All-Star Game appearance…Member of 2004 World Cup of Hockey gold medal-winning Team Canada.

2002-03: Named the 17th captain in Bruins history on Oct. 8…Finished third overall in scoring, second in the NHL in assists and had his second 30-plus goal season…Second team NHL All-Star…Became just the third player in Bruins history to score 100-plus points with 100-plus penalty minutes (Bobby Orr and Ken Hodge) and was the first Bruin since 1993-94 to hit 100 points…Had 33 multiple-point games, including three four-point efforts…NHL Player of the Week for Nov. 25-Dec. 1.

2001-02: Had 20 multiple-point games, including a career-high five-assists, Dec. 28 in Florida and his second career hat trick Jan. 5 vs. Washington…Playoffs: Had two multiple-point games.

2000-01: Established a career season high in goals, hitting the 30-plus goal mark for the first time…Tied for second in the NHL with 19 power play goals…Scored his first hat trick March 1 vs. Tampa Bay…Recorded his 100th NHL assist April 2 vs. Montreal…Played for Team Canada in the World Championships.

1999-00: Led the team in goals, assists, points and PIM, becoming just the second player in team history to accomplish that feat (Jimmy Herberts, 1924-25)…Only player in the NHL (fourth Bruin) to lead his team in points and PIM.

1998-99: Had seven multiple-point games…Played his 100th NHL game Jan. 28 vs. New Jersey…Playoffs: Was third in Boston scoring…Scored the series-clinching goal in ECQF Game 6 vs. Carolina.

1997-98: Played his first NHL game Oct. 8 in Phoenix after missing the first three games with a broken forearm suffered in preseason.

1996-97: Completed his second season of junior hockey in Sault Ste. Marie…Second amongst OHL scoring leaders and named an OHL Second Team All-Star…Youngest member of Team Canada’s 1997 gold medal-winning World Junior Championships squad.

1995-96: Named the top rookie in Canadian major junior hockey and to the CHL All-Rookie Team.

PERSONAL: “Jumbo” lists these favorites: Steak (food); Golf (sport besides hockey); honesty (personal quality); Amazing Solitaire player (hiddent talent); Pat Lafontaine (hockey idol); Slap Shot (hockey movie); Swamp People (TV show); Jerry Seinfeld (actor); Michael Jackson (musician); Los Angeles (favorite road city)…wishes his nickname was “Handsome”…his fantasy hockey team name would be “The Jumbotrons”…equipment he pays most attention to is his gloves…favorite hockey moment was defeating Detroit in Game 7 at HP Pavilion in 2011…thinks Evgeni Malkin is the most exciting player to watch in the NHL…thinks Shea Weber is the hardest hitter in the NHL...best non-Sharks jersey in the NHL is Chicago’s…would like to remove the instigator rule…never wants to room with Douglas Murray on the road (“He snores”), but does think he is the smartest player on the team and the teammate most likely to be on Dancing with the Stars...feels that Brent Burns not only has the hardest shot on the team, but is also in the greatest shape amongst his teammates...says that Ryane Clowe is always last on the bus and would be the first teammate to wear a Speedo to the beach...thinks Thomas Greiss is the funniest Sharks player…if he could have dinner with anyone in history it would be his two grandpas (Grandpa Pell and Grandpa Thornton)…would be a baseball player if not for playing in the NHL.