Sharks players send Thornton heartfelt messages after signing with Leafs

Down Goes Brown 10 other times the Maple Leafs added a veteran Hall of Famer

The Maple Leafs, who haven't won a Stanley Cup since 1967, have been busy this offseason, adding defensemen T.J. Brodie and Zach Bogosian and forwards Jimmy Vesey and Wayne Simmonds.

"That's just who Joe is". Thornton had signed a series of one-year contracts with the Sharks, and was reportedly frustrated when the team failed to move him to a contender at last season's trade deadline, given that San Jose was going to miss the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

The Sharks' official Twitter account didn't want to accept Jumbo Joe moving east, either. This is his third stint with the club; the previous two came during National Hockey League labor disputes in 2004-05 and 2012-13, respectively.


Thornton was originally drafted from the Soo Greyhounds (OHL) by the Boston Bruins with the first overall selection in the 1997 NHL Draft. He's 14th in career points and seventh in career assists (1,089). He finished the season with 125 points in 81 games and took home the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer as well as the Hart Trophy. That was his lowest in 12 seasons of 70 games or more.

Thornton has also represented Canada several times, capturing an Olympic gold medal (2010), two World Cup gold medals (2004, 2016), one gold medal at the 1997 IIHF World Jr.

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