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Joe Thornton

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Joe Thornton
Thornton with the Sharks in 2016
Born (1979-07-02) July 2, 1979 (age 45)
London, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
HC Davos
San Jose Sharks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Florida Panthers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1997
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1997–2022

Joseph Eric Thornton (born July 2, 1979) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre. He played parts of 24 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played for the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Florida Panthers. He also played 2 seasons with HC Davos of National League A (NLA). He is known by the nickname Jumbo Joe which is a reference to the elephant Jumbo, which died in his hometown.[1]

Thornton also played international ice hockey with Canada and won a gold medal with them at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[2]

On August 13, 2021, Thornton signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Florida Panthers.[3] He played 34 games with them.

On October 28, 2023, Thornton announced that he was retiring from playing professional ice hockey.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Habs Break Free From Bruins". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 1, 2024.
  2. "Vancouver 2010 ends in wild celebrations after Canadian ice hockey victory". Olympics. Retrieved April 1, 2024.
  3. "Thornton signs one-year contract with Panthers, will play 24th NHL season". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 1, 2024.
  4. "Thornton retires from NHL after 24 seasons". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 1, 2024.

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