Today marks the first time Joe Thornton
will play against the Bruins since his trade more than a month ago, but the Olympic center seems to have everything under control.
“I’m not nervous,” said Thornton. “I’m just going to go out and do my job.”
Thornton was always a fan favorite, but a reporter asked if he thought the fans would boo or cheer him.
“Who knows,” said Thornton. “I’m going to do my best as I always did there and I think the fans appreciated what I did while I was in Boston.”
With the extra night in Beantown, Thornton had plenty of time for catching up with old teammates.
“Tonight is just a game,” said Thornton. “I saw most of the guys last night and had dinner with some of them, so that’s out of the way.”
What is overlooked is that many in the Sharks dressing room will be playing against Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau for the first time.
“They were part of the group that enabled us to reach the conference finals, but we had to trade three really good players to get a great player,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. “It was very hard to lose those three individuals due to their character and personalities as much as their contributions on the ice.”
Niko Dimitrakos, Joe Thornton
and Jim Fahey all took advantage of their return to Boston to catch up with family and friends. However, for Dimitrakos, there was an extra special event when he hit native soil.
Dimitrakos’ high school honored him as they do all alumni who have reached the professional level – enshrining his name on a wall of fame.
Dimitrakos joins other NHLers such as Shawn McEachern, Steve Leach and former Patriots player Art Graham.
San Jose plays in Boston today on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com at 4 p.m.