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Leading Scorer Joe Thornton Voted Seagate Technology "Sharks Player of the Year"

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Sharks Center Enjoys Second Consecutive 100-Point Season
 
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. He becomes only the second Sharks player to win the award twice (Mike Vernon, 1997-98 and co-winner in 1998-99 with Steve Shields).
 
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 2006-07 regular season. The award will be presented prior to today’s game against the Vancouver Canucks at HP Pavilion at San Jose.
 
Thornton is currently second in the NHL with 111 points (21 goals, 90 assists) and first on the Sharks through 81 games this season. He leads the NHL in assists and recently set a Sharks record for most assists in a game (and a period) with four on April 1 vs. Los Angeles.
 
On April 5, Thornton became just the third player in NHL history to record back-to-back 90 assist seasons, along with Wayne Gretzky (12 times, 1980-81 through 1991-92) and Mario Lemieux (1987-88 and 1988-89). He has also set new Sharks franchise records for points and assists in a single season.
 
During the 2006-07 season, Thornton was the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” for the months of December and February and was recognized by the NHL during the weeks of Jan. 8 (third star of the week), March 18 (first star) and for the month of March (second star). He also made his fourth career and consecutive NHL All-Star Game appearance.
 
Thornton has recorded 203 points (41 goals, 161 assists) in just 139 games with the Sharks (1.46 PPG) since being acquired on Nov. 30, 2005.
 
“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 more than $220,000 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.
 
PAST WINNERS OF THE SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY “SHARKS PLAYER OF THE YEAR” AWARD INCLUDE:
 
2006-07
2005-06
2003-04
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
 
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