Sharks’ Joe Thornton ties Gordie Howe for ninth all-time in career assists

Joe Thornton continues to add to his Hall of Fame resume. 

Currently playing in his 21st season, the veteran center had two assists on Kevin Labanc’s first and third goals of the night in San Jose’s 5-2 over Edmonton Saturday night. The hat trick was the first of Labanc’s career. 

With his two apples, Thornton tied Detroit Red Wings legend, and Hockey Hall of Famer, Gordie Howe for ninth all-time in career assists (1,049). Thorton is also now one point behind Teemu Selanne for 15th on the all-time point list (1,459). 

Hat trick for @Str8ToTheBanc! ???

And Thornton ties Gordie Howe for 9th all-time in assists! #HockeyDay

MILESTONE ALERT: With his appearance tonight, Joe Thornton ties Shane Doan and Johnny Bucyk (1,540) for 15th on the NHL’s all time list #SJSharks

Selected first-overall pick by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Jumbo Joe now has 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) this season. Many are speculating this will be his last year in the NHL.

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