Thornton will be playing for his country for the sixth time -- won a gold medal at the 1997 World Junior Championship (was the team's youngest player at 17 years of age) as well as winning the 2004 World Cup of Hockey tournament; won a silver at the 2005 World Championship.
One of his great international hockey moments was the Final game of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey against Finland -- playing on a checking line, with Shane Doan and Kris Draper, the trio scored two of Canada's three goals in a 3-2 win. The line also was effective in shutting down Finland's top line of Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne and Jere Lehtinen.
Was the top scorer and named tournament Most Valuable Player of the 2005 World Championship, playing on the top offensive line with Philadelphia's Simon Gagne and Columbus' Rick Nash.
I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.
— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82