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On this day in 2005: The "Jumbo" Joe Thornton trade

30 novembre 2019
On this day in NHL history (2005) the Boston Bruins traded then captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, and Brad Stuart.

The former 1st overall draft pick in ‘97 went on to have one of the best seasons in his entire career that year, taking home both the Art Ross and Hart Memorial trophies, becoming the only player in history to do so while swapping teams the same season.


The ‘05-‘06 season was one for the record books (his anyway), in which Thornton amassed a total of 125 points. An NHL record for a player playing for 2 different teams in the same season. The St. Thomas, Ontario native is also one of 13 players with 1000+ career assists.

Regarded as one of the best playmakers of his generation, Jumbo Joe is the 3rd player in NHL history to record back to back 90+ assist seasons doing so in ‘05-‘06 (96) and ‘06-‘07 (92).

Thornton holds the Sharks’ all time record for assists (789) and +/- with +176. There’s no doubt he is one of the best passers of his generation. He has never won hockey’s most prestigious prize, Lord Stanley's Cup, falling short in ‘15-‘16 losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 6 games.

Even if Thornton never gets the opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup, but you can definitely count him to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.

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