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