The San Jose Sharks on Wednesday announced that left wing Scott Thornton has been voted by his teammates as the team’s nominee for the King Clancy Award. The King Clancy Award is an annual award given "to the player in the league that best exemplifies leadership qualities both on-and off-the-ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
Thornton, 35, is the Sharks most-experience player, competing in his 15th season in the NHL. A true leader, Thornton’s off-ice commitment and on-ice grit and determination have set the standard for Sharks excellence. Assisting The Sharks Foundation, which offers unique resources and financial support to organizations that enhance the lives of the local youth, Thornton has participated in many community events over the course of the 2005-06 season.
Some of these events include the helping dedicate a street hockey court to the Silicon Valley Children’s Center , numerous autograph sessions, the "Reading is Cool" program, presented by The Mercury News and The Sharks Foundation, and the Adopt-a-Family Holiday Party. In addition, Thornton has also made visits to local Bay Area hospitals to visit with sick or injured children. A full list of his philanthropic efforts are attached.
Along with teammates, Thornton helped introduce a new program for the post-game three stars presentation. In a unique twist, any Shark being recognized as a star of the game presents one lucky child with a hand-signed replica hockey stick.
Thornton is also an avid cyclist. Prior to the start of the season, Thornton took part in “The Death Ride”, a 129-mile bike trek that included 16,000 feet of climbing over five mountain passages south of Lake Tahoe. He was among the top-20 percent of the 3,000 cyclists who entered and finished the ride, which he completed in nine hours, besting his personal goal of 10. During the Olympic Break, Thornton used his time to participate in the Emgen Tour of California, competing in the race’s only time trial and finishing it in 48-minutes, just minutes off the professionals that participated.
In 836 NHL games with Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, Dallas and San Jose, Thornton has posted 264 points (132 goals, 132 assists) and 1335 penalty minutes. Among active Sharks, he ranks third on the franchise’s all-time points list (12th overall) with 147 points (77 goals, 70 assists) in 342 games.
Thornton was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 3rd overall). He was signed by San Jose as a free agent on July 1, 2000.
SCOTT THORNTON ACTIVITIES
Team spokesman for the Seagate 8th Grade Leadership awards
· Recognizes outstanding scholastic, academic and philanthropic achievement for 8th graders in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties
· Appears in a video (shown during the event) – discusses the importance of character, respect, goal setting and teamwork…challenges each child to excel at school and at home
· Autographs Sharks items for every winner (80-100 per year)
Stick auction to benefit a local fire fighter battling a life threatening illness
· Along with Sharks Captain, Patrick Marleau, he assisted in organizing a game-used stick auction in order to help off-set future family expenses
Sharks & Parks Street Hockey program
· Made visits to the Children’s Shelter (a facility dedicated to serving the needs of abused / neglected children and / or those that have been forcibly removed from their homes) to play street hockey
· Organized a toy drive in his neighborhood – collected toys that would be passed out during the holidays at the Children’s Shelter (independent of what the Sharks do each year)
· Initiated this event in order to teach his children as well as the neighbor children the importance of giving back
Sharks Foundation activities
· Yearly participant in the Sharks holiday adoption party
o Purchases toys for underserved family
o Joins the family for dinner and skating at HP Pavilion
· Featured player in Reading is Cool video
o Distributed to participating classrooms in the Sharks Foundation Reading is Cool program
· Featured guest reader in the Reading is Cool program
o Volunteers to read to children
Post lockout – spent an entire day visiting each Sharks employee at HP Pavilion prior to training camp
· Greeted and conversed with employees
· Thanked employees for their patience during the lockout
Contributes countless autographed items to local charities in the attempt to assist them with their respective fundraising
Volunteered to host auction winners from outside foundations to games during the 05-06 season
· Includes game tickets
· Post-game dressing room tours
· Autographed memorabilia
Sharks blacktop resurface project – the Sharks resurface a local elementary school playground each year with assistance from The Good Tidings Foundation
· Attends the ceremony
· Plays hockey with the kids
· Signs autographs
Team spokesman for a Sharks corporate initiative with team partner, OSH
· A school beautification project
o Has committed to attend / participate in a day of weeding, planting, etc in order to give a local school a “face-lift”
o School to be located in an underserved area of San Jose (site TBD)
Active participant in the Charlie Wedemeyer Celebration of Hope event each year
· Schedule permitting, he attends the dinner / awards
· Presents candidates for scholarship
· Provides memorabilia in support of the event fundraising
Volunteers for the yearly Sharks luxury suite owner’s skate at HP Pavilion
· Comes in on a day-off to meet suite owners, sign autographs and skate with their kids