Joe Thornton’s San Jose Sharks timeline — the good, the bad and the unforgettable

Some newsmaking moments in Joe Thornton’s 15 years with the San Jose Sharks.

Nov. 30, 2005 — In one of the most lopsided trades of the 2000s, general manager Doug Wilson deals Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart to the Boston Bruins for Joe Thornton. “I was blindsided,” Thornton said at the time.

Dec. 2, 2005 — Thornton plays his first game with the Sharks in Buffalo. Thornton has two assists, both on goals by Jonathan Cheechoo, as the Sharks win 5-0. San Jose, which was 8-12-4 before the trade, starts a six-game win streak in which Thornton has three goals and 11 assists.

April 17, 2006 — Thornton finishes the regular season with 125 points, two more than Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers, to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leader in points.

June 22, 2006 — In a close vote among members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, Thornton wins the Hart Memorial Trophy as the “player judged most valuable to his team” Thornton finishes with 1,058 points. Jagr has 974.

Feb. 28, 2010 — Team Canada members Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle and Dany Heatley beat Joe Pavelski and Team USA 3-2 in overtime in the Gold Medal Game at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19), defenseman Dan Boyle (22), center Patrick Marleau (12) and left wing Dany Heatley (15) show their Vancouver Olympic medals during a news conference in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Thornton, Boyle, Marleau and Heatley won gold playing for Canada. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) 

Oct. 7, 2010 — Coach Todd McLellan announces that Thornton has been named the Sharks’ captain.

April 8, 2011 — Thornton records his 1,000th NHL point, scoring a goal on Ilya Bryzgalov in what was a 4-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. Thornton is named the 78th player in NHL history to score 1,000 points.

April 25, 2011 — In the first round of the playoffs, Thornton’s overtime goal gives the Sharks a 4-3 victory over Los Angeles, as San Jose eliminates the Kings in six games.

Oct. 21, 2011 — Plays his 1000th NHL game. Thornton has a goal and an assist in a 4-3 Sharks win over the New Jersey Devils.

Summer 2014 — Just months after they are reverse-swept by the Kings in the playoffs, losing four straight after winning the first three games of the series, the Sharks strip Thornton of the captaincy.

March 13, 2015 — Explaining why Thornton was stripped of the captaincy, GM Doug Wilson tells season ticket holders, “he carries the weight of the team on his shoulders and he’s got such a big heart that when stress comes on him he lashes out at people, and it kind of impacts them.” Thornton reacted the next day, saying, “I think Doug just needs to shut his mouth, I think that’s the bottom line.” Wilson and Thornton later patch things up.

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton speaks to the media after their 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in of Game …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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