Joe Thornton

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Joseph Eric Thornton (born July 2, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected first overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play seven seasons with the club, three as its captain. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joe Thornton has received more than 2,150,216 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Joe Thornton is the 107th most popular hockey player (down from 82nd in 2019), the 753rd most popular biography from Canada (down from 611th in 2019) and the 30th most popular Canadian Hockey Player.

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Among hockey players, Joe Thornton ranks 107 out of 358Before him are Evgeni Nabokov, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Roman Čechmánek, Jere Lehtinen, Jan Marek, and Martin Straka. After him are Josef Vašíček, Alexei Zhamnov, Olli Jokinen, Espen Knutsen, Mike Modano, and Sergejs Žoltoks.

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Among people born in 1979, Joe Thornton ranks 521Before him are Walter Ayoví, Youssef Mokhtari, Tomoyuki Sakai, Mickey Madden, Masashi Motoyama, and Ferydoon Zandi. After him are Maria Efrosinina, Gréta Arn, Peter Luccin, Marin Ireland, Keisuke Tsuboi, and Richard Dunne.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Joe Thornton ranks 753 out of 1,130Before him are Dave Foley (1963), Tracy Spiridakos (1988), Michelle MacLaren (1965), David Paetkau (1972), Jewel Staite (1982), and Douglas Smith (1985). After him are Emily Perkins (1977), Dwayne De Rosario (1978), Wendy Freedman (1957), Shalom Harlow (1973), Vasek Pospisil (1990), and Manjul Bhargava (1974).


Among hockey players born in Canada, Joe Thornton ranks 30Before him are Paul Coffey (1961), Ray Bourque (1960), Martin Brodeur (1972), Eric Lindros (1973), Bryan Trottier (1956), and Paul Kariya (1974). After him are Scott Niedermayer (1973), Glenn Anderson (1960), Brendan Shanahan (1969), Martin St. Louis (1975), Roberto Luongo (1979), and Mike Comrie (1980).