Sharks' Joe Thornton Masterton Trophy nominee for third straight year


On Tuesday, the Sharks announced forward Joe Thornton as the team’s nominee for the 2020 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. This is the third year in a row Thornton has been nominated. 

The Masterton Memorial Trophy has been awarded since 1968 and is given annually to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Thornton played in all 70 Sharks games during the 2019-20 season, and finished with seven goals and 24 assists -- good for 31 points. Since the calendar flipped to 2020, Thornton also was tied for third in goals (6) and assists (10) on the team.

The 40-year-old became the 12th player in NHL history to appear in 1,600 NHL games, achieving the feat on Dec. 12, 2019.

The four-time All-Star has 22 years in the league and plenty to show for it.

Since becoming a Shark during the 2005-06 season, he’s tallied 251 goals and 804 assists.

The winner of the trophy is selected in a poll of all chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. A grant from the PHWA is also awarded to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund in the name of the honoree.