Joe Thornton becomes 13th player to record 1,000 assists


Published 11:17 p.m. ET March 6, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago

WINNIPEG (AP) — Joe Thornton is known for dishing out assists on the ice.

However, he ended Monday night’s game with a puck being handed back to him.

Thornton picked up his 1,000th assist when he got a helper in the San Jose Sharks’ 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

Joe Pavelski scored an empty-net goal with 26 seconds left for a 3-1 lead, with Marc-Edouard Vlasic picking up the first assist and Thornton the second.

Tomas Hertl hustled to pick up the souvenir puck for Thornton, a veteran of 19 NHL seasons, so that he’d have a keepsake from the milestone point. Thornton is the 13th player to reach the milestone.

“What can I say? It’s pretty cool to get there,” said the 37-year-old Thornton. “I’ve been waiting a while now, but to get it over with it’s kind of nice, but good game for the guys overall tonight. It was a good win.”

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