NHL: San Jose 5, Los Angeles 0

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- Jonathan Cheechoo scored two goals and added an assist in helping the San Jose Sharks to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

NHL: San Jose 3, Dallas 2 (OT)

DALLAS, April 3 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton scored 4:39 into overtime Monday to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.

NHL: San Jose 5, Minnesota 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 25 (UPI) -- Jonathan Cheechoo had a pair of goals and an assist Saturday as the San Jose Sharks beat the Minnesota Wild, 5-1.

NHL: San Jose 6, St. Louis 0

ST. LOUIS, March 22 (UPI) -- Vesa Toskala made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season and Steve Bernier had two goals Tuesday as the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues, 6-0.

NHL: N.Y. Rangers 5, Toronto 2

NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) -- Jaromir Jagr became the NHL's first player to reach 100 points this season with a goal and three assists in the New York Rangers' 5-2 win over Toronto.

NHL: San Jose 4, Los Angeles 3

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 14 (UPI) -- Jonathan Cheechoo scored a hat trick in leading the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 victory Monday win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

NHL: San Jose 3, Nashville 2 (OT)

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 11 (UPI) -- Christian Ehrhoff scored the winning goal with 2:04 left in overtime Saturday as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-2.

NHL: Anaheim 5, San Jose 4 (OT)

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 8 (UPI) -- Anaheim's Sandis Ozolinsh scored 58 seconds into overtime Tuesday to lift the Mighty Ducks to a 5-4 victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks.

NHL: Edmonton 3, San Jose 2

EDMONTON, Alberta, March 4 (UPI) -- Edmonton's Ales Hemsky scored the winning goal with 1:07 left in the third period to lift the Oilers past the visiting San Jose Sharks Friday night, 3-2.

NHL: San Jose 5, Detroit 1

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 1 (UPI) -- San Jose's Joe Thornton scored on the power-play and assisted on three of four other power-play goals, as the Sharks downed the Detroit Red Wings, 5-1.

NHL: San Jose 5, Phoenix 4 (OT)

GLENDALE, Ariz., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- San Jose's Tom Preissing scored 1:54 into overtime to give the visiting Sharks a 5-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena Sunday night.

NHL: San Jose 6, Dallas 3

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Jonathan Cheechoo and Milan Michalek each had two goals to lead San Jose to a 6-3 win over Dallas Friday night.

NHL: San Jose 2, Chicago 1

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- San Jose's Vesa Toskala came up with 29 saves in goal as the Sharks edged the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, Wednesday night.

NHL: Edmonton 3, San Jose 2

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Edmonton's Ryan Smyth slapped a backhand shot past Vesa Toskala for a 3-2 shootout victory over San Jose Thursday night. Shawn Horcoff and Steve Staios scored in regulation for Edmonton, which snapped a three-game skid and is unbeaten (3-0-1) in the last

NHL: San Jose 3, Tampa Bay 1

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Vesa Toskala made 21 saves and Joe Thornton had two assists Monday as the San Jose Sharks posted a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Joe Thornton
BOS99011604 - 16 JANUARY, 1999 - BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA: The Boston Bruins Joe Thornton, front, chases after the puck in front of the Tampa Bay Lightnings Wendel Clark on 16 January at The Fleet Center in Boston. lkm/rw/Lee K. Marriner UPI

Joseph Eric Thornton (born July 2, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and captain of the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected first overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play seven seasons with the club. During the 2005–06 season, he was traded to the Sharks. Splitting the campaign between the two teams, he received the Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophies as the league's leading point-scorer and most valuable player, respectively. Thornton's on-ice vision, strength on the puck, deft passing ability, and power forward style of play have led to him becoming one of the league's premier top line centres. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, he has received the nickname Jumbo Joe.

Thornton grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario, for the St. Thomas Travelers. He played "AA" hockey for the Travelers until joining a peewee team that won an Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) championship in 1992–93. Moving on to the bantam level, Thornton joined the "AAA" Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs of the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario for the 1993–94 season. During his bantam year, he also appeared in six games for the Junior B St. Thomas Stars of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). The following season, he joined the Stars full-time and reeled off 104 points over 50 games.

Beginning in 1995–96, Thornton began a two-year career in the major junior Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He posted a 76-point season in his first year, earning both OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year honours. The following season, Thornton improved to 41 goals and 122 points, second overall in league scoring behind Marc Savard of the Oshawa Generals, and was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team.

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