Joseph Eric Thornton is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain for the San Jose Sharks. He was selected first overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play seven seasons with the club, three as its captain. During the 2005–06 season, he was traded to the Sharks. Splitting the campaign between the two teams, he received the Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophies as the league's leading point-scorer and most valuable player, respectively. 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. He is widely regarded as one of the best passers of all-time, and is one of only 13 players in history with 1,000 NHL assists. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, he received the nickname "Jumbo Joe" or "Jumbo" due to his size and Jumbo the elephant who was killed in 1885 in St. Thomas, Ontario, where Thornton was raised.
About Joe Thornton
Versatile NHL center who was traded to the San Jose Sharks in 2006 after spending eight seasons with the Boston Bruins. He played in six All-Star games from 2002 to 2009. In 2016, he helped lead the Sharks to the Stanley Cup Finals.
He played in the Ontario Hockey Leauge before being selected 1st overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Draft.
He had one of his best years in 2006, where he won the Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophies.
He has a daughter, Ayla, with his wife Tabea Pfendsack.
He won an Olympic gold medal for Canada with teammate Drew Doughty in 2010.
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- Power forward (ice hockey) - In ice hockey, power forward is a loosely applied characterization of a forward who is big and strong, equally capable of playing physically or scoring goals and would most likely have high totals in both points and penalties.
- Boston Bruins captains
- Art Ross Trophy winners
- National Hockey League first overall draft picks
- Hart Memorial Trophy winners
- Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds players
- HC Davos players
- Sportspeople from London, Ontario
- Boston Bruins draft picks
- San Jose Sharks players
- Olympic ice hockey players of Canada
- Ice hockey players at the 2006 Winter Olympics
- Olympic gold medalists for Canada
- Ice hockey players at the 2010 Winter Olympics
- Medalists at the 2010 Winter Olympics
- National Hockey League All-Stars