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Joe Thornton | Center

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
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Joe Thornton had two assists in San Jose's 5-4 win against Edmonton on Tuesday.
That gives Thornton 11 goals and 74 points in 77 games this season. He became the 25th player to reach the 850 career assists milestone Tuesday night and he's just eight points shy of establishing himself as the 46th member of the 1,200-point club. Apr 2 - 10:08 AM

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Joe Thornton played in his 1,200th career game on Thursday.

Thornton is the 100th player to ever reach that mark. Given that he's just 34 and has managed to stay pretty healthy throughout his career, Thornton is probably going to end up climbing pretty high on the leaderboard. He has 342 goals and 1,189 points in those 1,200 games.
Mar 28 - 10:52 AM

Joe Thornton had two assists in the Sharks' 5-2 win on Tuesday.

Thornton has now surpassed the 70-point mark for the 10th straight season, not counting the shortened campaign. The 34-year-old ranks 46th on the NHL's all-time points list with 1189 in 1199 career games.
Mar 26 - 10:48 AM

Joe Thornton scored a goal and registered two assists in San Jose's 3-2 win over Anaheim Thursday night.

Thornton now has 11 goals and 58 assists in 71 games this season. Brent Burns also had a strong game with a goal and an assist, while Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks.
Mar 21 - 4:32 AM

Joe Thornton registered three assists in San Jose's 6-2 win over Toronto on Tuesday.

Thornton has nine goals and 64 points in 66 games in 2013-14. He's been hot lately with five points in his last three contests.
Mar 12 - 11:45 AM

Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist in San Jose's 5-3 win on Thursday.

Thornton has recorded at least a point in four of his last five contests. Not counting the shortened campaign, he should at least reach the 70-point mark for the 10th straight season. He currently has nine goals and 61 points in 64 contests in 2013-14.
Mar 7 - 11:12 AM

The San Jose Sharks are one of the better teams in the NHL, while the Buffalo Sabres are one of the worst.

And yet, of the 16 times that the Sharks have faced Buffalo on the road, 15 times they have come away without the two points against a team that has made the playoffs only twice in the last six years. "They just have our number for whatever reason," said Joe Thornton, whose first game as a Shark on Dec. 2, 2005, was the lone San Jose win in Buffalo. Weird.
Mar 1 - 11:25 AM

The San Jose Sharks will look for an improvement in their power play when play resumes on Thursday.

The Sharks have scored only once in their last 24 opportunities with Joe Thornton and others staying on too long being one of the problems according to coach Todd McLellan. "One, we weren't sharp, two, we stayed out a little too long and weren't able to recover pucks," McLellan said. "We were slow to shoot. There's a lot of factors that come into play. We'll address that as players come back. That's the last thing we'll work on coming out of the Olympic break." The Sharks are ranked 18th in the NHL in power play efficiency as they have scored 37 times in 215 chances. Matthew Nieto was the only Shark to find the back of the net in the last 24 chances.
Feb 24 - 8:47 AM

Joe Thornton had an assist in San Jose's 5-2 loss on Monday.

Thornton snapped his season-high four-game point drought. He has eight goals and 56 points in 57 contests in 2013-14.
Feb 4 - 10:47 AM

Joe Thornton will be looking to end his four-game scoring skid on Monday.

It's the longest he has gone without picking up a point this season. His linemate, Brent Burns, has been struggling as well with no goals in his last 13 games. "We're getting our chances. Just put some finish on the game," he said. "I've been telling Burnzie, we don't need to press. We've been getting good chances. Just stick with it and we'll be OK
Feb 3 - 6:06 PM

Joe Thornton scored twice -- including the overtime game-winner -- for the Sharks as they topped the Wild 3-2 on Saturday night.

Fresh off his brand new three-year extension, Thornton did something he's not really known for at this point in his career. Thornton continues to be a big point producer, but he's been one of the league's best distributors and not goal scorers. He now has eight goals this season, to go along with 47 assists. Patrick Marleau, also in his first game since his new three-year extension, scored his 22nd. Matt Irwin had two helpers, while Tommy Wingels and Joe Pavelski each got one.
Jan 26 - 1:24 AM

The San Jose Sharks have agreed to a three-year, $20.25 million extension with Joe Thornton.

Like Patrick Marleau, Thornton almost certainly left some money on the table. Thornton will turn 35 years old before this contract kicks in, but he's also a player taking a slight pay cut despite the fact that he has 53 points in 50 games this season. With Marleau and Thornton taking hometown discounts, the Sharks now have 18 players under contract for just under $60 million in cap room for the 2014-15 campaign. With the cap projected to be $71.1 million, that gives the Sharks plenty of breathing room to continue to tweak and improve their team.
Jan 24 - 12:21 PM

Joe Thornton had two assists on Thursday.

Thornton saw his eight-game point streak end on Tuesday, but he bounced right back. He hasn't gone more than two contests without recording a point in 2013-14.
Jan 10 - 10:39 AM

Joe Thornton failed to make Team Canada.

That's very surprising given that Thornton is one of the league's top playmakers and has been for basically his entire career. He's having another superb season with five goals and 48 points in 43 games. He's tied for third among Canadians in the NHL's scoring race.
Jan 7 - 11:55 AM

Joe Thornton assisted three goals in San Jose's 5-4 shootout win over Colorado Monday night.

Thornton now has five goals and 35 assists in 37 games this season. Brent Burns also had a strong game with a goal and two assists, while defenseman Matt Irwin scored a goal and registered an assist for the Sharks. Joe Pavelski and Jason Demers also scored for the Sharks.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 04:33:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Andrew Desjardins
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Joe Pavelski
3Tomas Hertl
4Raffi Torres
5James Sheppard
6Mike Brown
7Bracken Kearns
RW1Brent Burns
2Tommy Wingels
3Martin Havlat
4Tyler Kennedy
5Adam Burish
6Eriah Hayes
D1Dan Boyle
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Jason Demers
5Brad Stuart
6Matt Irwin
7Scott Hannan
8Taylor Doherty
9Matt Tennyson
G1Antti Niemi
2Alex Stalock