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Joe Thornton | Center

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
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Joe Thornton netted a goal for the Sharks in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames on Saturday night.
Thornton is 35 years old but he’s still producing like one of the better centers in the game, which might actually be a bit of a disappointment when noticing he might not reach 70 points for the first time (full season) since 2001-02. He has 10 goals and 35 points on the year. Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson got the other goals. Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Justin Braun each chipped in with two helpers apiece. Jan 18 - 12:57 AM

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Joe Thornton's back from his shoulder injury on Saturday as the San Jose Sharks face the New York Rangers.

He's missed the past four games with that issue. It's been a nice start to 2014-15 for Thornton, even after being stripped of the captaincy. He's been shooting a bit more (nine goals) than usual, though this issue might limit him a bit.
Jan 10 - 3:06 PM

Look for Joe Thornton (shoulder) to be a game time decision on Saturday.

Thornton has missed the last four games with the injury. "Right now I'm just day to day," Thornton said on Friday. "It feels better than yesterday, and hopefully it feels better tomorrow, and hopefully I can play tomorrow night." Thornton has nine goals and 33 points in 38 games this season. Stay tuned.
Jan 10 - 11:43 AM

Joe Thornton (shoulder) won't play Thursday.

"Hopefully tomorrow I'll get up, and it's much better, and play Saturday," he said. "That's what I'm hoping right now." Thursday's match will mark the fourth straight game he has missed because of a shoulder injury.
Jan 8 - 3:00 PM

Joe Thornton (upper body) is eligible to be activated in time for Thursday's game.

Whether or not Thornton will be remains to be seen. The possibility hasn't been ruled out, but coach Todd McLellan would like to see Thornton participate in a full practice first. Given that Wednesday will be an off day for San Jose, Thornton's availability probably won't be determined until Thursday.
Jan 6 - 6:44 PM

The San Jose Sharks have placed Joe Thornton (upper body) on injured reserve.

Thornton missed the Sharks 7-2 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, and will now miss some more time. The 35-year-old is still very productive. He has nine goals and 33 points in 38 games this season. Thornton had played 319 consecutive games before sitting out on Saturday.
Jan 4 - 4:56 PM

Joe Thornton (upper body) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Thornton missed the Sharks' last game against St. Louis because of the injury. San Jose's head coach Todd McLellan said he expects Thornton to play on the Sharks' upcoming three game road trip.
Jan 4 - 2:04 PM

Joe Thornton won't be able to play for the San Jose Sharks against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

It's an undisclosed issue, although by the naked eye, it looked hand/finger/forearm related, as he seemed to be favoring that area. That's not just bad news for Thornton, but also for Joe Pavelski. "Jumbo Joe" is considered day-to-day and will see his streak of 319 straight games played end today.
Jan 3 - 2:18 PM

Joe Thornton participated in a full practice on Friday.

Thornton was forced to leave Wednesday's game with an undisclosed injury but did not need to use a practice jersey signifying no-contact on Friday. He has played in 319 consecutive games and it looks like his iron-man streak is not over.
Jan 3 - 10:27 AM

Joe Thornton (undisclosed) will probably play on Saturday.

Thornton left San Jose's game on Wednesday due to the ailment. He has nine goals and 33 points in 38 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 2 - 4:16 PM

Sharks coach Todd McLellan downplayed the undisclosed injury Joe Thornton sustained on Wednesday.

"Jumbo is fine. He'll be ok. He played three minutes and still found a way to get on the scoresheet, which is a credit to him," McLellan said. "After that, the way the group responded, there was a lot of juggling going on at the bench and everybody was alert and ready to go. We won as a team tonight." When asked if Thornton would play on Saturday though, McLellan said he wasn't sure because he hadn't talked to the trainers yet. All the same, McLellan went on to predict that Thornton won't be out for long.
Jan 1 - 9:31 AM

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton left the game Wednesday night in Anaheim after he was hit by Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner at center ice.

Stoner hit Thornton near the San Jose bench. The veteran star went to the Sharks' dressing room at 11:25 of the first period and did not return. Thornton leads the Sharks with 32 points in 38 games. He entered Wednesday tied for 20th in the NHL in scoring. He assisted on the first of Joe Pavelski's two goals Wednesday. San Jose led 1-0 when Thornton left the game. The Sharks wound up with a 3-0 shutout.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 10:11:00 PM

Joe Thornton scored the lone goal in San Jose's 3-1 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday.

Thornton scored on a penalty shot in the second period to pull his team to within one goal at that point. Strangely enough it was the second penalty shot of the game for the Sharks as Joe Pavelski failed to score earlier. Perhaps even stranger, the goal was the five year anniversary of the last time the Sharks converted a penalty shot goal. The Sharks took the loss despite out-shooting the Canucks 32-12 in the game.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 01:22:00 AM

Joe Thornton has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six games.

Thornton had an assist in the Sharks' 3-2 overtime loss to Anaheim on Monday. He has eight goals and 30 points in 35 games, which is a pace he should be able to maintain this season.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 09:32:00 AM

Joe Thornton assisted on both of San Jose's goals in their 2-1 win over the Wild on Thursday night.

His first helper came on the power play, but it was his second that was special. Thornton gathered the puck along the right offensive hashmarks and looked off Zach Parise before setting Joe Pavelski for the one-time blast just 45 seconds after Minnesota had tied it at one.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 01:52:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Joe Pavelski
4Andrew Desjardins
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Tomas Hertl
3James Sheppard
4Tye McGinn
5Mike Brown
6Raffi Torres
RW1Tommy Wingels
2Matthew Nieto
3Melker Karlsson
4Tyler Kennedy
5John Scott
6Barclay Goodrow
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Brenden Dillon
5Mirco Mueller
6Matt Irwin
7Scott Hannan
8Matt Tennyson
G1Antti Niemi
2Alex Stalock