Sharks Sign Thornton to One-Year Contract –

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Center Joe Thornton to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Joe has become one of the faces of this franchise since his arrival in 2005 and we feel it’s only fitting that he will be wearing teal going forward,” said Wilson. “He is a generational playmaker and his accomplishments place him amongst the elite players to ever play the game. He has helped lead this team to new levels and continues to be one of the top two-way centers in the League. Nobody loves the game of hockey more than Joe Thornton and his leadership on and off the ice have been instrumental in this franchise’s success. We’re excited that he has continued his commitment to this organization and the fans in San Jose.”

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: A new contract AND his birthday for the second year in a row? July 2 is a pretty Jumbo day. Happy birthday Joe Thornton!

Last season, Thornton recorded 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) in just 47 games with San Jose. Despite missing the latter 35 games of the season due to injury, he ranked seventh on the Sharks in assists, tied for eighth in points, fifth in points per game (0.77), fourth in power-play points (18) – just one shy of his season total from the year before (79 games), third in faceoff win percentage amongst Sharks players with at least 200 draws (52.0%) and second in power-play time on ice per game (3:35).

On March 6, 2017 at Winnipeg, Thornton recorded his 1,000th career NHL assist (in his 900th game with San Jose), becoming only the 13th player in NHL history to

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