Joseph Eric Thornton

Joseph Eric Thornton

Professional Canadian ice hockey player
Date of Birth: 02.07.1979
Country: Canada

  1. Biography of Joe Thornton
  2. Early Life
  3. Professional Career
  4. Personal Life and Achievements

Biography of Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton is a professional Canadian ice hockey player who currently plays in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by and played seven seasons for the Boston Bruins before being traded to his current team, the San Jose Sharks.

Joseph Eric Thornton

Early Life

Joe Thornton grew up in the suburb of St. Thomas, Ontario, known as Lynhurst. He attended Southwood Middle School near St. Thomas and later studied at Elgin Institute in St. Thomas. Thornton developed his hockey skills playing for the St. Thomas Travellers (OMHA) and later the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (MHAO). At the age of 15, he joined the St. Thomas Stars (OHA).

Joseph Eric Thornton

Professional Career

In 1997, Thornton was selected as the first overall pick by the Boston Bruins in the NHL draft. He played for the Bruins for seven seasons, with his best season being in 2002-03 when he scored 101 points. In 2005, Thornton expressed dissatisfaction with his contract and received offers from various NHL teams. However, he ultimately signed a three-year contract extension with the Bruins worth $19.8 million.

On November 30, 2005, Thornton was traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forwards Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, and defenseman Brad Stuart. The trade significantly strengthened the Sharks, and Thornton quickly developed chemistry with winger Jonathan Cheechoo, often assisting him in scoring goals. Thornton led the NHL in assists (96) and points (125), earning him the Art Ross Trophy for the most points in the league.

Throughout his career, Thornton has been recognized for his exceptional playmaking skills. He became the third player in NHL history, after Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, to record over 90 assists in two consecutive seasons.

Personal Life and Achievements

In the summer of 2004, Thornton was involved in a fight at a nightclub in St. Thomas, resulting in assault charges against him. He was sentenced to community service.

Thornton has represented Canada in various international competitions, including the Winter Olympics in 2006. He has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player (2006) and multiple All-Star Game selections.

In his time with the Boston Bruins, Thornton faced criticism for his performance in the playoffs. However, he excelled with the San Jose Sharks, improving his statistics and winning the MVP award.

Thornton continues to play at a high level and contribute to his team's success. He signed a three-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks in 2018, which will expire in June 2021.