Joe Thornton in Sharks jersey, celebrating a victorious moment on the ice.
Join the Sharks as they retire Joe Thornton's No. 19. Dive into the legacy of a hockey icon, from record-breaking assists to a storied career in San Jose.

As the San Jose Sharks prepare to retire Joe Thornton’s No. 19, the legacy of this iconic player comes into sharp focus.

Thornton, a towering figure at 6’4″ and 220 lbs, has left an indelible mark on the NHL and particularly on the Sharks, with whom he found a true home after being acquired from the Boston Bruins on November 30, 2005.

His illustrious career, spanning 24 seasons with teams like the Sharks, Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Florida Panthers, is punctuated by remarkable stats: 430 goals, 1,109 assists, and a plus-minus of +182 in 1,714 games. Notably, the 2005-06 season was a standout for Thornton, as he clinched the Hart Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy, establishing himself as the NHL’s most valuable player with a league-leading 96 assists and 125 points​​​​​​.

Joe Thornton: A Legacy Cemented in San Jose Sharks History

Thornton’s tenure with the Sharks is particularly storied. He ranks first in assists (804), second in points (1,055), third in games played (1,104), and fourth in goals (251) in the franchise’s history.

His heartfelt statement underscores the profound connection he feels with the team and the San Jose community, reflecting on his time with the Sharks as the pinnacle of his career. The upcoming jersey retirement ceremony cements Thornton’s legacy, making him the second player in the team’s history, after Patrick Marleau, to receive this honor.

The announcement of Thornton’s jersey retirement is not just a moment of nostalgia but also a beacon for current and future Sharks players, symbolizing the pinnacle of dedication and performance.

As fans eagerly await the ceremony date, they continue to engage with the team’s present endeavors. Our website remains the go-to source for the latest San Jose Sharks trade rumors, NHL salary cap information, and the comprehensive Sharks TV schedule, ensuring fans are always in sync with their favorite team.

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