The best passers in the history of the NHL: Joe Thornton is now ahead of Gordie Howe

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The attacker of the San Jose Sharks Joe Thornton surpassed or joined three hockey legends with a crop of a point against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, but he refused that it is compared to Gordie Howe, he has exceeded with a 1050e mention aid in career.

The center player has taken only the ninth in the history of the national hockey League (NHL) in this column.

“With a lot of humility, I believe that my name should not be mentioned in the same sentence as hers, has launched Thornton the official website of the NHL. This is a very special moment.”

“Growing up near Detroit, my brother became a great supporter of the Detroit Red Wings, and my father was a supporter of Gordie. I had the honour of meeting Gordie a few times. He took the time to talk to me and it means everything to me.”

More important than the first rank

Deviating from the trend of always putting the team before all, to head coach Peter DeBoer has not hesitated to pay tribute to the veteran centre player. Thus he put aside the first row of the Association of the West.

“[The first place] doesn’t mean as much as the feat of Joe Thornton, has evaluated the instructor. When you go over Gordie Howe, no matter in what list, this is the story of the day. That is an incredible accomplishment, an incredible career. It deserves to be celebrated, and the whole group was excited to be able to witness this feat.”

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The attacker Evander Kane abounded in the same direction as its coach. Kane, who has evolved to the Vancouver Giants in the junior hockey League of the Western (WHL), has had the opportunity to attend Howe.

“I’ve been fortunate to be able to spend time with [Howe] and be able to take advantage of his wisdom, said Kane. It was a very special person, a great hockey player, and we can say the same thing of “Jumbo”.”

Howe is not the only legend to see his name back in the history of the circuit. Thornton has also taken command over Johnny Bucyk and Shane Doan for the number of games played with 1541. It is now 15th in this category.

Finally, he tied Teemu Selanne in terms of points with 1457, at the 15th all-time.


1. Wayne Gretzky, 2857

2. Jaromir Jagr, 1921

3. Mark Messier, 1887

4. Gordie Howe, 1850

14. Stan Mikita, 1467

15. Teemu Selanne, 1457

15. Joe Thornton, 1457


1. Wayne Gretzky, 1963

2. Ron Francis, 1249

3. Mark Messier, 1193

4. Raymond Bourque, 1169

8. Steve Yzerman, 1063

9. Joe Thornton, 1051


1. Gordie Howe, 1767

2. Mark Messier, 1756

3. Jaromir Jagr, 1733

4. Ron Francis, 1731

14. Alex Delvecchio, 1550

15. Joe Thornton, 1541