Boston 6, Tampa Bay 3

BOSTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton recorded a goal and an assist in the first period as the Boston Bruins extended their home unbeaten streak against the Tampa Bay Lightning to 15 ga

Boston 3, Vancouver 2

BOSTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton displayed the strength of his wrists and his uncanny puck-handling ability as he skated in on a breakaway from center ice and fired a bouncing puck

Boston 3, Buffalo 1

BOSTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Jamie Rivers scored his first two goals of the season after Joe Thornton was ejected and Byron Dafoe stopped 20 shots Saturday night as the Boston Bruins shut d

Boston 5, New Jersey 4 (OT)

BOSTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton fired a slap shot past Martin Brodeur 1:45 into overtime Thursday night as the Boston Bruins edged the New Jersey Devils, 5-4, for their fourth win

Boston 5, Montreal 3

BOSTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Brian Rolston scored the go-ahead goal with 15:39 remaining Tuesday night as the Boston Bruins continued to thrive against Eastern Conference opponents with a 5

Columbus 5, Boston 1

BOSTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Ray Whitney and Mike Sillinger each had a goal and an assist and Marc Denis stopped 36 shots Saturday night as the Blue Jackets blitzed the Boston Bruins, 5-1,

Boston 2, New Jersey 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Martin Lapointe and Joe Thornton scored power-play goals and Byron Dafoe made them stand up Saturday as the Boston Bruins moved into first place in the Northeas

Chicago 3, Boston 3 (OT)

CHICAGO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The Boston Bruins stole a point from the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night, scoring twice in the final 19 seconds of regulation to forge a 3-3 tie.

Boston 2, Toronto 1 (OT)

BOSTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton scored 12 seconds into overtime Thursday night as the Boston Bruins remained unbeaten at the FleetCenter with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple

Boston 2, Toronto 1 (OT)

BOSTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton scored 12 seconds into overtime Thursday night as the Boston Bruins remained unbeaten at the FleetCenter with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple

Boston 2, Nashville 1

NASHVILLE, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Mike Knuble scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Byron Dafoe made 27 saves Saturday night as the Boston Bruins ended a four-game winless

Boston 4, Atlanta 3 (OT)

BOSTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Bill Guerin scored a remarkable goal from the seat of his pants at 2:38 of overtime Saturday night, giving the Boston Bruins a 4-3 comeback victory over the Atl

Boston 4, Anaheim 2

BOSTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- After honoring Ray Bourque during an emotional pregame ceremony Thursday night, the Boston Bruins treated new coach Robbie Ftorek to a season-opening, 4-2 victo
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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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