Joseph Eric Thornton is a Canadian–American–Swiss professional ice hockey centre. He is currently on loan with HC Davos of the National League while under contract to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He previously played for the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks. Thornton is widely regarded as one of the best passers of all-time. He won the Stanley Cup with the Vancouver Canucks in 2007 and 2008.
About Joe Thornton in brief
Joseph Eric Thornton is a Canadian–American–Swiss professional ice hockey centre. He is currently on loan with HC Davos of the National League while under contract to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He previously played for the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks. Thornton 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’ due to his size and Jumbo the elephant who was killed in 1885 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Thornton was selected first overall by the Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play seven seasons with the club, three as its captain. During the 2005–06 season, he was traded to the Sharks and received the Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophies as the league’s leading point-scorer and most valuable player, respectively. Thornton will next play for the Maple Leafs in 2020, before moving to the New York Rangers in 2021. He has been named to the NHL Hall of Fame three times, most recently in 2012. He was named the NHL’s Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 season. He also won the NHL Player of the Year award in 2010-11 and 2011-12, as well as the Hart and Art Ross Trophies in 2005-06 and 2006-07. He played his first NHL game on December 3, 1997, in a 3–0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored his first career NHL goal on December 4, 1997.
Thornton’s production declined to 73 points in the 2003–04 campaign. He suffered a fractured right cheekbone in a fight with Eric Lindros during a game with New York New York in January 2003. He ranked third in NHL point-scoring, behind Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche and Markus Näslund of the Avalanche. He won the Stanley Cup with the Vancouver Canucks in 2007. He helped the Canucks win the Stanley Cups in 2007 and 2008. Thornton won the Memorial Cup with Vancouver in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, he helped the Vancouver team to their first ever Stanley Cup win, beating the Edmonton Oilers in the final game. Thornton also helped Vancouver to their second consecutive Stanley Cup victory in the 2010-2011 season. In 2012, Thornton was named to The Hockey Writers’ All-Star Team for the first time in his professional career. The following year, he won the CHL Rookie of the year award. In 2013, he became the first player in OHL history to score more than 100 points in a single season. The next season, Thornton recorded 68 points over 66 games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He then won the OHL MVP award for the 2014-15 season, his second season with the Greyhound. In 2014, he scored a career-high 36 goals and 65 assists. In the 2015-16 season, he recorded a career high of 65 points over 65 games. In his first season as captain, he led the Los Angeles Kings to the 2002–03 season.