It’s been a busy start to the month of July for two former first overall picks in the NHL.
Both of them also have the same initials (JT).
First, 2009 first overall pick John Tavares left the New York Islanders to sign a 7 year contract for $77 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Canada Day.
And now, 1997 first overall pick Joe Thornton made a decision the day after Canada Day.
It was announced on Monday that the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks have re-signed forward Joe Thornton to a one year contract for $5 million.
Thornton, not to mention, also celebrated his 39th birthday on Monday.
Since being acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Bruins back in the 2005-2006 season, the former Soo Greyhound forward has scored 228 goals and 973 points in 961 regular season games with the San Jose Sharks.
Thornton is also the Sharks all time leader in career assists (745), and holds the team record for most points in one season (114) and most assists in one season (92).
Last year on his 38th birthday, which was one year ago yesterday, Thornton signed a one year contact for $8 million with the San Jose Sharks.