Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 4/19/12

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 12: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Sharks defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
 Tonight, Joe Thornton will be playing his 1000th NHL game when his San Jose Sharks face-off against the New Jersey Devils. Thornton split time between the Boston Bruins and the San Jose Sharks in reaching this plateau.“Jumbo Joe” has had an outstanding career; the former first overall pick of the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, now stands with more points than games played, (1002). Thornton has also won the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy, (2006). I have no doubt we are watching a Hall of Fame career!Congratulations, on reaching this impressive milestone Mr. Thornton. As a fan of the Edmonton Oilers, I can only hope our first overall picks, (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall), will turn out to be as extraordinary.Really, there's only one thing is missing from Thornton’s impressive resume that being the Stanley Cup. The 32-year-old will no doubt do his best to guide his powerhouse San Jose Sharks to lifting the “Silver Mug” in 2012.
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