March 6, 2017 was a historic day for Joe Thornton, the San Jose Sharks organization and fans, and the NHL at large. Joe Thornton became the thirteenth player in the history of the National Hockey League to record 1,000 assists.
This milestone was on the horizon for some time and was sure to happen at some point, as long as Jumbo continued to do what he does best, play his game of hockey.
Some say he is the greatest passer of all time. Some say he is the "playmaker of his generation."
Whatever you may call him one thing is for sure, Jumbo is respected around the league and in the locker room.
Joe Thornton doesn't sit with bad company after this notch in his belt.
No way better to celebrate the accomplishment than in front of Sharks Territory with the family.
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