Jumbo Joe signs with TO

Ross Houston
October 17, 2020

Thornton, a six-time all star and the victor of the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP in 2006, is a veteran of 1,636 career NHL regular-season games between the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks.

The centre signed for the minimum at one year, $700,000 USA, the announcement made a couple of days after Thornton joined HV Davos in Switzerland to stay in game shape while the National Hockey League is on a long COVOD-19 induced off0-season.

Thornton, a native of Ontario and former league MVP, is the NHL's leading active scorer, ranking 14th all-time with 1,509 points.

Thornton's move north of the border stunned everyone, including Marleau, who similarly left the Sharks for the Leafs in 2017.

Three days after Patrick Marleau returned for a third tour of duty with the Sharks, his fellow 41-year-old running mate, Joe Thornton, signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1997, Thornton was selected No. 1 overall in the NHL Entry Draft, while Marleau went next at No. 2 overall to the Sharks. He also earned the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy in 2006.

Internationally, Thornton has represented Canada several times, capturing an Olympic gold medal (2010), two World Cup gold medals (2004, 2016), one gold medal at the 1997 junior championship as well as a Spengler Cup with Davos in 2005. That was his lowest in 12 seasons of 70 games or more.

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