Monday marked a sad anniversary for Boston Bruins fans, the trade that sent Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks.
In the thick of the 2005-06 season, Bruins general manager Mike O’Connell sent the star player to California in return for Wayne Primeau, Brad Stuart and Marco Sturm.
As Thornton headed for a scoring championship, the Bruins fired O’Connell before the end of the season. The center player ultimately ended the campaign with 29 goals and 125 points, winning both the Art-Ross and Hart trophies.
Thornton has now been a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs for a few weeks, but he played 15 seasons in the Sharks uniform, amassing 251 goals and 1,055 points in 1,104 games.
Primeau, Sturm and Stuart together totaled 136 goals and 270 points in 506 games with the Bruins.