Thornton signs with Maple Leafs

  • Thornton signs with Maple Leafs

Thornton signs with Maple Leafs

The 41-year-old recently announced his commitment to HC Davos of the Swiss National League, but is expected to report for training camp when the NHL resumes.

Thornton, a six-time all star and the victor of the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP in 2006, is a veteran of 1,636 career NHL regular-season games between the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks.

After being Boston's first overall pick way back in 1997, the London, Ont. native has 1,509 regular season points.

It's official! Joe Thornton is a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, signing a one-year contract worth $700,000 in free agency.

With 1,509 career points, Thornton ranks 14th on the NHL's all-time scoring list, and is seventh all-time in assists with 1,089.

He was named captain of the Bruins before the 2002-03 season, but the struggling Bruins dealt Thornton to San Jose part way through the 2005-06 campaign. Thornton is a six-time All-Star and won the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy in 2006.

Thornton's move north of the border stunned everyone, including Marleau, who similarly left the Sharks for the Leafs in 2017.

Now, he'll have a chance to chase his first Stanley Cup with his hometown team. But with 31 points last season, the playmaking center will have a depth role in Toronto.