Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/12/13

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks skates by the Sharks bench to celebrate with his teammates after scoring his third period eventual game-winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the NHL game at the Honda Center on November 21, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Sharks defeated the Ducks 3-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Joe Thornton's face is already in midseason form. The San Jose Sharks captain took a dozen stitches after a teammate on his Swiss league team clipped him with a stick in practice. The wounds below his left eye may not be very noticeable when the NHL begins its lockout-shortened 48-game season next weekend. Thornton told FOXSports.com that the scar left by the league's most recent work stoppage -- which officially came to an end on Saturday -- will fade almost as quickly. "We went through it before," said Thornton at the team's training facility. "That's why I went overseas. I thought there might not be a season. It would have really been too bad if we lost this season. "We know everybody is upset with what went down. Our fans in San Jose are passionate. I expect them to be just as good they have been in the years I've been here." Training camps open on Sunday, a day after the NHL players followed the owners in ratifying the new collective bargaining agreement. (A memorandum of ...
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