San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton reached an impressive milestone yesterday in his team loss against the Vegas Golden Knights. Thornton registered two assists, which made him pass Joe Sakic for the 12th rank in NHL's all-time list in career assists. The next player he can catch up with on that list is Pittsburgh Penguins legend Mario Lemieux, who is sitting 11th with 1,033.
Thornton, 38, was drafted first overall by the Boston Bruins in 1997. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks in 2005. In 1467 games played in the NHL with the Bruins and the Sharks, Jumbo Joe registered 1404 points (387 goals and 1017 assists). He added 123 points in 160 playoff games.
He also won both the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2005-2006, in his first season with San Jose.