Thornton Honoured in his Hometown


Over the weekend, a former Soo Greyhound and current NHL star was honoured in his hometown.

In his hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario, Joe Thornton had an arena named after him along with being added to the city’s Wall of Fame.

The Timken Centre, which is home to the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s St. Thomas Stars, was renamed the Joe Thornton Community Centre.

Following the ceremony, a free skate was held at the arena where Thornton took time to skate with his young fans along with signing autographs and posing in photos.

Back in the 1994-1995 season, Thornton scored 40 goals and 104 points in 50 games with the St. Thomas Stars, before being selected second overall by the Soo Greyhounds in the 1995 OHL Priority Selection.

During his time with the Hounds from 1995-1997, the star forward recorded 71 goals and 198 points in 125 career regular season games.

Thornton, who ended be drafted first overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, is the only Soo Greyhound to ever be selected first overall in the NHL.

The 38 year old, who is currently the assistant captain of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, has 397 goals and 1427 points in 1493 career NHL regular season games.