Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Scott Thornton
A native of London, Ontario, Scott Thornton played Junior B with the local Diamonds before joining the OHL's Belleville Bulls in 1987-88. The solid forward was a top prospect as the 1989 NHL Entry Draft approached and was claimed third overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played 33 games for the Leafs in 1990-91, while playing a handful of games with Belleville and the AHL's Newmarket Saints.

Prior to the 1991-92 season, Thornton was sent to the Edmonton Oilers in the deal that brought goalie Grant Fuhr to Toronto. He spent time developing in the minors and played an important grinding role on the AHL's Cape Breton Oilers when they won the Calder Cup in 1993. The next season, he played 61 games as a checker on an improving Edmonton club. He was a role player for two more years on the Oilers before joining the Montreal Canadiens for parts of four seasons. He toiled admirably in the corners and helped Montreal reach the second round of the playoffs in 1998.

Thornton was acquired by the Dallas Stars in 1999-00 and scored nine post-season points when the club reached the Stanley Cup finals. He signed as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks in July 2000 and set a personal best with 19 goals before bettering that total the following year with 26. Coming off a career high 26 goals the previous year, Thornton was plagued by injuries in 2002-03 and was limited to a mere 41 games.

Looking to rebound in 2003-04, Thornton was a key contributor in the Sharks run to the 2004 Western Conference Final. Although the Sharks fell short in their bid to reach their first Stanley Cup Final, on a more personla note, Thornton went on to reach the 700-games played plateau.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 London Diamonds ON-Jr.B 31 10 7 17 10
1987-88 Belleville Bulls OHL 62 11 19 30 54 6 0 1 1 2
1988-89 Belleville Bulls OHL 59 28 34 62 103 5 1 1 2 6
1989-90 Belleville Bulls OHL 47 21 28 49 91 11 2 10 12 15
1990-91 Belleville Bulls OHL 3 2 1 3 2 6 0 7 7 14
1990-91 Canada WJC-A 7 3 1 4 0
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 33 1 3 4 30 -15
1990-91 Newmarket Saints AHL 5 1 0 1 4
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 15 0 1 1 43 -6 1 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 49 9 14 23 40 5 1 0 1 8
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 9 0 1 1 0 -4
1992-93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 58 23 27 50 102 16 1 2 3 35
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 61 4 7 11 104 -15
1993-94 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 2 1 1 2 31
1994-95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 47 10 12 22 89 -4
1995-96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 9 9 18 149 -25
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 10 10 20 128 -19 5 1 0 1 2
1997-98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 6 9 15 158 0 9 0 2 2 10
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 7 4 11 87 -2
1998-99 Canada WC-A 10 5 1 6 6
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 35 2 3 5 70 -7
1999-00 Dallas Stars NHL 30 6 3 9 38 -5 23 2 7 9 28
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 73 19 17 36 114 +4 6 3 0 3 8
2001-02 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 26 16 42 116 +11 12 3 3 6 6
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 41 9 12 21 41 -7
2003-04 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 13 14 27 84 -6 12 2 2 4 22
2004-05 Sodertalje SK Sweden 12 2 5 7 10 10 0 3 3 27
2005-06 San Jose Sharks NHL 71 10 11 21 84 -8 11 2 0 2 6
2006-07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 7 6 13 85 -15
2007-08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 47 5 3 8 39 +1
NHL Totals 941 144 141 285 1459 79 13 14 27 82


Traded to Edmonton by Toronto with Vincent Damphousse, Peter Ing and Luke Richardson for Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Craig Berube, September 19, 1991. Traded to Montreal by Edmonton for Andrei Kovalenko, September 6, 1996. Traded to Dallas by Montreal for Juha Lind, January 22, 2000. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 1, 2000. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to shoulder (October 7, 2002 in training camp) and head (February 21, 2003 vs. Columbus) injuries. Signed as a free agent by Sodertalje (Sweden), January 13, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 1, 2006.
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