SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks announced today that Center Joe Thornton has been selected as the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Month” for the month of December. The award will be presented to him prior to tonight’s game against the New York Islanders.
Thornton led all San Jose scorers and was tied for ninth among all NHL players with 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in 13 games. His 15 assists in that span were tied for first among all players and his +11 rating was the fifth-best differential in the NHL, second among forwards.
This is the sixth Seagate “Sharks Player of the Month” Award for Thornton, his first since Nov. 2007.
Established in the 1996-97 season, the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Month” program honors the Sharks player(s) who have contributed most to the team’s success each month. Seagate will donate $2,500 on behalf of the player(s) to The Sharks Foundation. In addition, one player will be selected as the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Year” at the conclusion of the season and Seagate will donate $5,000 on his behalf to The Sharks Foundation. Seagate has donated more than $300,000 to The Sharks Foundation since the program's inception.
“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, CEO, Seagate. “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.”
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