Published: Sun, October 18, 2020
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Ben Shelley - Joe Thornton signs with Toronto Maple Leafs

Ben Shelley - Joe Thornton signs with Toronto Maple Leafs

Thornton, a six-time all star and the victor of the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP in 2006, is a veteran of 1,636 career NHL regular-season games between the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks.

After a lot of speculation, Joe Thornton has joined the Toronto Maple Leafs on a one-year, league minimum contract.

Thornton, 41, is now skating with HC Davos in the Swiss National League in preparation of the 2020-21 NHL season.

Thornton is the NHL's active leader in both assists and points and has an impressive worldwide resume, representing Canada numerous times and winning one Olympic gold medal (2010) and two gold at the World Championships (2004, 2016). Thornton is a six-time All-Star and won the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy in 2006.

That was evident after Thornton called members of the Sharks before news broke of his signing with the Leafs, per The Athletic's Kevin Kurz.

The hockey club announced on Friday that the 41-year-old, who was born in London and raised in Lynhurst, has signed a one-year contract valued at $700,000. In 1,636 games with Boston and San Jose, he has 1,089 assists and 1,509 points.

Thornton captured an Olympic gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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