The San Jose Sharks announced today that center Joe Thornton
has been selected as the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Year” in a vote by the Bay Area media. Seagate Technology will donate $5,000 on behalf of Thornton to The Sharks Foundation in honor of his selection, which is given to the player contributing most to the success of the Sharks in the 2005-06 regular season. The award will be presented prior to tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Kings at HP Pavilion at San Jose.
Thornton currently leads the league with 125 points (29 goals, 96 assists) through 80 games this season. Since being acquired by the Sharks on Nov. 30, he has posted 92 points (2nd in franchise history) and 72 assists (a franchise record) in helping the Sharks to a 36-14-7 record in his 57 games with the team. By recording 125 points overall, he became the most-prolific scorer in the history of NHL by a player who played for two teams in one season and he is just the 11th player in NHL history to record 90+ assists in one season.
During the 2005-06 season, Thornton was the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” for the month of December and the NHL Offensive Player of the Week for the weeks of Dec. 5 – Dec. 11 and April 10 – April 16. The six-foot-four, 223-pound native of London, Ontario competed for Team Canada’s men’s ice hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
Thornton made an immediate impact with the Sharks, setting a franchise record by recording six consecutive multi-point games and helping the team to six consecutive victories in his first six contests. He has since matched that record as he enters tonight’s contest with multi-point games in his last six contests. Thornton also tied a franchise record by recording assists in eight consecutive games from Dec. 2 – 20.
“Seagate has made social responsibility one of the values that forms the foundation of our business and we take pride in the thousands of Seagate employees who convert our social responsibility beliefs into action,” said Bill Watkins, president and CEO, Seagate Technology. “The more than 2,000 Bay Area employees of Seagate understand and appreciate the commitment of like-minded organizations such as The Sharks Foundation, whose programming platform touches lives throughout Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. As a long-time partner of the team, we are proud to continue our support as they continue to offer timely and meaningful solutions for those in need.”
Through the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Year” and “Sharks Player of the Month” programs, Seagate Technology has donated over $180,000 to The Sharks Foundation. The Sharks Foundation was established in 1994 to meet the educational, social and cultural needs of our community. The Foundation offers unique resources and financial assistance to organizations to enhance the lives of local youth and other community activities.
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Past winners of the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Year” Award include:
2005-06 Joe Thornton
2003-04 Patrick Marleau
2002-03 Teemu Selanne
2001-02 Mike Ricci
2000-01 Evgeni Nabokov
1999-00 Owen Nolan
1998-99 Steve Shields and Mike Vernon
1997-98 Mike Vernon
1996-97 Jeff Friesen
1995-96 Jamie Baker
1994-95 Ulf Dahlen
1993-94 Arturs Irbe
1992-93 Kelly Kisio
1991-92 Jeff Hackett