Thornton named to NHL second all-star team


At 36 years old, former Soo Greyhounds star forward Joe Thornton is still tearing it up in the National Hockey League.

Coming off a season where he helped the San Jose Sharks to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history, the London, Ontario native was one of six players named to the National Hockey League’s second all-star team, as he joined Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightening), teammate Brett Burns (San Jose Sharks), Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguns), Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), and Vladimir Tarasenko  (St. Louis Blues).

Thornton led the Sharks in scoring this regular season with 19 goals and 82 points through 82 games.

Through 24 playoff games, he then had 3 goals and 21 points.

Players named to the National Hockey League’s first all-star team, included Braden Holtby (Washingston Capitals), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), and Pat Kane (Chicago Blackhawks).

Thornton, 36, was the oldest player in the National Hockey League this season to be named to one of the all-star teams.

The second oldest player behind Thornton this year was Brent Burns, 31 .

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.