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Joe Thornton through the years: A look at the best teams he’s played on in Hall-of-Fame career

Joe Thornton through the years: A look at the best teams he’s played on in Hall-of-Fame career

Joe Thornton and the Florida Panthers host the Sharks on Saturday at FLA Live Arena. It’s his first game against San Jose since he left the team as a free agent after the 2019-2020 season.

Thornton has been a part of – and led – several standout teams during his Hockey Hall of Fame-worthy 24-year NHL career, but a Stanley Cup has been elusive. Thornton is on another championship-caliber team right now with the Panthers, who lead the Atlantic Division just past the halfway point of the season.

Is this the season that Thornton hoists the Cup?

Here’s a look at some of the best teams Thornton has been on in his career, and how their seasons ended.

Season          Team        Record           Division finish         Season result

2001-02         Bruins       43-24-6-9         First                       Lost first round

2003-04         Bruins       41-19-15-7       First                       Lost first round

2007-08         Sharks      49-23-10          First                       Lost second round

2008-09        Sharks       53-18-11          First*                      Lost first round

2009-10        Sharks       51-20-11          First                       Lost conference final

2010-11        Sharks       48-25-9            First                       Lost conference final

2013-14       Sharks        51-22-9           Second                   Lost first round

2015-16       Sharks        46-30-6           Third                       Lost Stanley Cup Final

2018-19       Sharks        46-27-9           Second                   Lost conference final

2020-21     Maple Leafs   35-14-7          First                        Lost first round

2021-22     Panthers       30-9-5             Currently first          ???

*Won Presidents Trophy

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