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Shark Life: Welcome to the Joe

by Casey Krygier /

This weekend San Jose Sharks veteran Joe Thornton was honored in his hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario. What used to be named the Timken Centre was renamed the Joe Thornton Community Centre. Ain't it pretty?

Tweet from @myFM_News941: ����NEW SIGN ALERT����The new sign has been installed at the Timken Centre. The official Joe Thornton Community Centre renaming ceremony is taking place on Saturday June 23rd #sttont

It was only fitting that the future NHL Hall of Famer capped off the event with a free open skate on the ice he grew up on as a kid. 

Tweet from @peterson_karrie: @SanJoseSharks Jack got to meet his idol today - and Big Joe lived up to the hype! Thank you, Joe! #sharksfanforlife

Tweet from @steamcitymedia: Joe Thornton today in St. Thomas, just before leading the first group of young skaters onto the ice inside the newly-minted ���Joe Thornton Community Centre��� #joethorntoncommunitycentre #sttont #JumboJoe #feelslikehome

If having a community center named after you isn't enough, Thornton was also added to the St. Thomas Wall of Fame. It's safe to say Joe Thornton is hometown hero.

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