Thornton, 41, participated in 70 regular season games with San Jose last season, registering 31 points (7 goals, 24 assists). In a 1,636 career NHL regular season game between the Boston Brins and the San Jose Sharks, Thornton has recorded 1,509 points (420 goals, 1089 assists), adding 133 points (31 goals, 102 assists) in 179 playoff games. The six-time All Star captured both the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2006.
Internationally, the London, Ontario native has represented Canada several times, one Olympic gold medal (2010), two World Cup gold medals (2004, 2016), one gold medal at the 1997 IIHF World Junior Championships, and a Spengler Cup. Captured. In 2005 with Davos.
Thornton was originally drafted by the Boston Brins with the first overall pick in the 1997 NHL Draft from the Sue Greyhounds (OHL).