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Scott Thornton
Scott Thornton
Left Wing
(THOHRN-tuhn)
Number: 27
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left
Born: Jan 9, 1971
Birthplace: London, ON, Canada
Acquired: Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2006. DRAFTED: TOR - 1st round, 3rd overall, 1989 NHL Entry Draft. LAST AMATEUR CLUB: Belleville, OHL…Was one of three Belleville Bulls to be drafted by Toronto in the first-round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft (Rob Pearson and Steve Bancroft were the other two).
Drafted: TOR / 1989 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (3rd overall)

2006-07:  Closed the season with a shorthanded goal versus Phoenix on April 7, 2007…Had an assist in his first game back (versus Colorado on February 24, 2007) after missing 23 straight games with a wrist injury…Served as an assistant captain…Scored his first Kings goal at Colorado on November 7, 2006…Scored his first Kings point (an assist) versus Dallas on October 14, 2006…Made his Kings debut at Anaheim on October 6, 2006…Won 84 of his 145 total face-offs (57.9 percent)…Finished second on the club with 85 penalty minutes.   

2005-06:  Finished third on San Jose with 84 penalty minutes and fourth on the team with 109 hits…Appeared in his 800th career NHL game at Boston on January 10, 2006…Was the Sharks’ nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, an NHL award given annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice…Appeared in all 11 postseason games with the Sharks…Scored a goal in Game 1 of the Sharks’ Western Conference Quarterfinal series vs. Nashville on April 21, 2006…Scored a goal in Game 5 of the Sharks’ Western Conference Semifinal series vs. Edmonton on May 14, 2006.  

2004-05:  Played with Sodertalje (and was a teammate of Anze Kopitar) in the Swedish Elite League during the lockout.

2003-04:  Recorded two goals at Boston on November 6, 2003…Played in his 700th career NHL game vs. Colorado on November 11, 2003…Registered his second two-goal game of the season vs. Columbus on January 8, 2004…Picked up four points (2-2=4) and 22 penalty minutes in 12 postseason games…Tied for second on the club in postseason penalty minutes. 

2002-03:  Activated from the injured reserve list on November 11, 2002, after missing 14 games recovering from off-season shoulder surgery…Notched a career high four points (2-2=4), including his 200th career NHL point, at Florida on November 16, 2002…Recorded two assists (including the 100th of his NHL career) vs. Pittsburgh on December 12, 2002…Missed four games with a back injury and 21 games with a concussion.

2001-02:  Achieved career highs in goals (26), assists (16), points (42), power play goals (6), game-winning goals (5) and plus/minus (plus-11)…Finished first on the Sharks with a shooting percentage of 18.1 percent…His 26 goals ranked second on the team, as did his five game-winners and 116 penalty minutes…Finished fourth on the team with 156 hits (second among forwards)…Played in his 600th career NHL game and scored a goal vs. Anaheim on December 26, 2001…Had two goals vs. Phoenix on January 4, 2002…Scored his 100th career NHL goal, also the game-winning tally, vs. Los Angeles on April 13, 2002…Finished second on the Sharks with 64 postseason hits…Tied a career high with three postseason goals. 

2000-01:  Finished second on the club in shots (159) and in penalty minutes (114)…Was second among forwards and fourth overall with 163 hits…Played in his 500th career NHL game and registered a goal at Nashville on October 21, 2000…Scored two goals, 22 seconds apart at Vancouver on November 5, 2000…Tallied his first career NHL hat trick and scored the game-tying goal at Florida on March 7, 2001…Finished first on his team in goals and tied for second in points (3-0=3) in six postseason games…Scored three goals in his first four playoff games with San Jose after collecting three goals in his previous 38 playoff games with Dallas, Montreal and Edmonton. 

1999-00:  Recorded five points (2-3=5) in 35 regular games with Montreal…Scored nine points (6-3=9) in 30 regular season games with Dallas after being acquired by the Stars for the stretch run…Tied for fourth on Dallas with nine postseason points (2-7=9)…Played in all 23 postseason games with the Stars, helping them to the Western Conference Championship and a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals against New Jersey. 

1998-99:  Played in his 400th career NHL game vs. Carolina on January 30, 1999…Recorded his 100th career NHL point vs. Florida on March 8, 1999…Missed 35 games because of injuries including 31 games due to a torn abdominal muscle. 

1997-98:  Led Montreal with a career high 158 penalty minutes and totaled more than 100 penalty minutes for a third consecutive season…Played in nine postseason games, recording two assists and 10 penalty minutes. 

1996-97:  Reached double-digits in goals for the second time in his career and surpassed 100 penalty minutes for the third time in his career…Appeared in his 300th career NHL game vs. Toronto on February 22, 1997…Notched his first-ever three-point game (2-1=3), including the game-winning goal, at Edmonton on March 1, 1997. 

1995-96:  Three of his nine goals scored were game-winning goals…Also recorded a career high two shorthanded goals. 

1994-95:  Was one of six Oilers to score at least 10 goals in the abbreviated 48-game schedule…Appeared in 47 of the Oilers’ 48 regular season contests…Scored on 14.5 percent of his shots…Recorded his first career multiple-goal game vs. San Jose on March 17, 1995.

1993-94:  Surpassed 100 penalty minutes for the first time in his career while appearing in 61 regular season games with Edmonton. 

1992-93:  Won the Calder Cup with Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate in Cape Breton, appearing in 16 postseason games. 

1991-92:  Appeared in 15 regular season games with Edmonton and made his NHL postseason debut. 

1990-91:  Made his NHL debut with Toronto at Winnipeg on October 4, 1990…Scored his first career NHL goal vs. Chicago (and Jacques Cloutier) on October 20, 1990…Recorded his first career NHL assist vs. Philadelphia on November 4, 1990. 

LAST AMATEUR CLUB:  Belleville, OHL…Was one of three Belleville Bulls to be drafted by Toronto in the first-round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft (Rob Pearson and Steve Bancroft were the other two).

TRANSACTIONS:  Selected by Toronto in the first-round (3rd overall) in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft…Acquired by Edmonton with Vincent Damphousse, Peter Ing, Luke Richardson, future considerations and cash from Toronto for Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Craig Berube on September 19, 1991…Acquired by Montreal from Edmonton for Andrei Kovalenko on September 6, 1996…Acquired by Dallas from Montreal for Juha Lind on January 22, 2000…Signed by San Jose as a free agent on July 1, 2000.

INTERNATIONAL PLAY:  Last represented his native Canada at the 1999 World Championships (10 GP, 5-1=6) where he tied for the club lead in goals…Won a gold medal with Canada at the 1991 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 3-1=4).

PERSONAL: Lives in Canada during the summer with his wife Joelle and children Nash and Zoe…nickname is Thorty…favorite movie is the Godfather…favorite actress is Jessica Biel…favorite actor is Edward Norton…favorite action star is Bruce Willis…favorite band is Social Distortion…favorite NHL city other than LA is Montreal…favorite book is It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong…enjoys cycling and mountain biking…favorite sport to watch other than hockey is golf…favorite hockey moment is the Stanley Cup Finals…favorite professional athlete is Lance Armstrong…favorite road arena is the Air Canada Centre in Toronto…favorite website is the West Coast Choppers…favorite TV show is Entourage…favorite food is sushi…favorite holiday is Christmas…favorite type of car is a Cadillac convertible…childhood idols were his brothers…favorite cereal is granola…superstition is to always pick up lucky pennies…biggest pet peeves are slow drivers and yappy dogs…first job was with a moving company…supports the Garth Brooks Foundation…wants to surf and ski when his playing career is over.