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Joe Thornton
Sport: Hockey
Birthdate: July 2, 1979
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Residence: San Jose, CA
Ht: / Wt: 6'4" / 223 lbs
Olympics: 2006
Event: Men

For more on Joe Thornton's NHL season, go to NHL.com to get game-by-game stats and watch highlight video.

NHL highlights
Playing in his 12th season in the NHL and fifth with the Sharks... Three-time 100-point scorer, and has scored more than 85 points in each of the last four seasons... Won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 2005-06, despite playing for two different teams when the Bruins traded him to San Jose after 23 games... Also won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer with 125 points (29-96)... Thornton is the only player to win the Art Ross and Hart trophies while playing for two different teams... Played in all 82 regular season games in each of the past three full seasons, and scored a career high 114 points in 2006-07... This season, Thornton has usually played on a line with Olympic teammates Patrick Marleau and Dany Healtey... Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle is also on Team Canada.

International experience
Making his second Olympic appearance in Vancouver... Played in Torino, and had one goal and two assists in six games... He has not played internationally with Canada since then... Was the youngest member on Team Canada's 1997 World Junior Championships gold-medal winning team...Played the first six of Canada's 2001 World Championship games (scoring a goal and an assist) before suffering a concussion and missing the rest of the tournament... At the 2004 World Cup of Hockey recorded five assists (tied for the team lead with Vincent LeCavalier) and one goal as Canada won the gold medal over Finland, 3-2...  At the 2005 World Championships led the tournament in assists (10) and points (16) as Canada took silver.

Notes
Married Swiss-born model Tabea Pfendsack in June 2009... The two met while Thornton was playing in Switzerland during the 2004-05 NHL lockout... Thornton spends a month every summer in Switzerland, working out with Swiss goaltender Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks... He and Hiller played for the same team in the Swiss league, HC Davos... Holds dual citizenship with the Canad and the U.S... "I'm a North American minus Mexico," he told the San Jose Mercury News.


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Who am I?

As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.

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