Marleau believes Sharks will miss Thornton’s presence originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea” data-reactid=”16″>Marleau believes Sharks will miss Thornton’s presence originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
While one Sharks icon returned earlier this week, another left town Friday.
Patrick Marleau returned for a third tour of duty with the Sharks, his fellow 41-year-old running mate, Joe Thornton, signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.” data-reactid=”22″>Three days after Patrick Marleau returned for a third tour of duty with the Sharks, his fellow 41-year-old running mate, Joe Thornton, signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Thornton’s move north of the border stunned everyone, including Marleau, who similarly left the Sharks for the Leafs in 2017.
Marleau, who doesn’t have a Twitter account (that we know of), used his wife’s account to send a farewell message to Jumbo.
For more than two decades, Jumbo and I have been friends, with the vast majority of those years being teammates, too. I now consider him a brother. Toronto has gained a tremendous influence, and we will miss his presence here in San Jose. Good luck in TO! -PM pic.twitter.com/pE09ZLjllz
— Christina Marleau (@c_marleau) October 17, 2020
Marleau and Thornton will forever be linked together. In 1997, Thornton was selected No. 1 overall in the NHL Entry Draft, while Marleau went next at No. 2 overall to the Sharks.
Boston Bruins for three players.
Marleau and Thornton guided the Sharks to the playoffs in 11 of their first 12 seasons together before Marleau left for Toronto.
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The duo never were able to bring the Stanley Cup back to the Bay Area, though they came close in 2016.
It looks like Marleau and Thornton have played their last game as teammates, but knowing how much they love to play hockey, don’t put it past them to keep playing beyond the 2020-21 NHL season and join forces on the Sharks or another team.