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There was a Jumbo-sized sight at Tech CU Arena this afternoon.

Likely first-ballot Hall of Famer Joe Thornton joined the San Jose Sharks for a Captain’s Skate.

The Sharks usually practice at another rink at Sharks Ice in San Jose, but their normal sheet was reserved for a youth tournament today. So Thornton, along with Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kaapo Kahkonen, and James Reimer took the San Jose Barracuda’s brand-new ice for perhaps the first time.

Thornton came prepared with his own No. 19 teal helmet. Teal helmets, of course, are one of the distinguishing characteristics of the San Jose Sharks’ new uniforms.

Gasp! Does that mean that Jumbo is returning to the Sharks?

As wonderful a story as that would be – Thornton scored 1,055 of his 1,539 points in teal – I would still consider it unlikely.

But as long as Thornton works out in San Jose Sharks’ gear and wants to hook on with a team for a 25th NHL campaign, I guess the dream isn’t dead.

Corey Masisak of The Athletic noted: “Joe Thornton has been skating off and on with the Sharks since at least Sept. 1…Jumbo and Mario Ferraro were (l think) the first guys to wear teal helmets during a skate.”

It was also The Athletic that noted Thornton and his family had recently moved back to San Jose while the 43-year-old plans his next step.

REPORT: Thornton’s Back in San Jose

So what’s next for Jumbo? One thing for sure, Thornton is getting back into the swing of things in the community!

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Alaskanice

Lace the skates, Jumbo!!

Ty Comes

Sickkkkk

KE

There’s no reason to come back to SJ unless there have been talks about some kind of role Jumbo will provide on the Sharks or the kiddos wanted to come back to attend schools they are familiar. As much as I’d like to see Jumbo skate as a Shark one last time unless he can be effective and play a majority of the games he shouldn’t be offered a spot on the team. He didn’t play much in Florida

We shall see. Anything can happen.

genadinik

Regroup, get healthy, come back and play a part of the games if he can play on more rest and at a level from at least 2-3 years ago. This team won’t be contending this year, but he’ll be a great guy to provide mentoring for young players. There is no near-equivalent on this team after Burns left.

KE

A truly believe Jumbo is going to sign this year. He’s getting ready to go with the team to Czech as can take 27 players. I believe he will remain on the team for his 25th year and retire at the end.

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