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Evander Kane has a friend in Joe Thornton.
In Part 2 of TSN’s The Shift’s sit-down interview with Kane, hosted and executively produced by Kayla Grey, the ostracized ex-San Jose Sharks star brought up Jumbo. You can read San Jose Hockey Now’s account of Part 1 here:
Grey asked Kane if any former teammates had reached out to him to offer support or solidarity though his recent contract termination, alleged COVID violations, troubles with gambling, and more.
“Joe Thornton was the first call I got, so I had a nice chat with him for probably about twenty minutes, and it was nice to hear from a guy like that, and have his support,” said Kane.
Grey then inquired into how important the relationship between him and Thornton has been for him, especially given the circumstances of domestic abuse and sexual assault allegations.
“It’s been huge. I knew Jumbo a little bit off the ice prior to us becoming teammates. From the moment I landed in San Jose, he was obviously the first face I saw. We had a very, very close relationship when we were teammates here in San Jose…he was a guy I was always excited to see everyday, and I think he felt the same way about me.”
Famously, the long-time Shark picked Kane up from the airport in 2018 when the San Jose Sharks acquired the scandal-ridden winger from Buffalo.
Thornton’s career with the Sharks overlapped Kane for parts of three seasons.
Last night, the Sharks faced the 42-year-old Thornton, now with the Florida Panthers, for the first time since he left San Jose in Oct. 2020, losing 5-4 in an OT thriller. Meanwhile, Kane was making his Edmonton Oilers debut, scoring a goal in a 7-2 victory.
.@evanderkane_9’s first goal as an Oiler. 🔥
— theScore (@theScore) January 30, 2022
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