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GOTTA SEE IT: Sharks’ Tribute Video to Thornton

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In typical Joe Thornton fashion, he wanted to get the game going.

The San Jose Sharks welcomed back the franchise icon to SAP Center for the first time since his departure after the 2019-20 season.

In 15 years in teal, Joe Thornton accumulated 1,055 points, a 2006 Hart Trophy, a 2016 Stanley Cup Final appearance, and a lifetime of memories.

“He was a pillar of this organization,” head coach Bob Boughner said. “There’s no other player. You think about the San Jose Sharks, and Jumbo is the first guy that comes to mind.”

So who better than Jumbo for a two-minute pre-game tribute video?

But Thornton, who said this morning that he didn’t expect any tribute, wasn’t haven’t it. About midway through the tribute, he was trying to hurry things along. See halfway here:

Hopefully, Thornton enjoyed the tribute video and the passionate SAP Center crowd. It was a small crowd of 12,276 — the smallest crowd that Joe Thornton has ever seen at SAP Center, at least going back to 2015-16 — but they showered Jumbo with love.

Thornton’s parents Wayne and Mary were also on hand tonight.

“It was great,” Brent Burns said of the tribute video. “You could have had Steven Spielberg do a two-and-a-half hour movie with him and nobody would have got bored.”

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