For NHL forward Joe Thornton the decision to leave the San Jose Sharks after 15 seasons was made easier after a conversation he had with Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. Thornton signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, ending a long chapter in San Jose where he leads the franchise in assists with 804 and is second in total points with 1,055.
The San Jose Earthquakes outshot the Seattle Sounders, but the teams settled for a scoreless draw and one point apiece on Sunday night. The last time Seattle (9-4-4) was blanked was Sept. in a 1-0 road loss against Portland.
Dec. 2, 2005 — Thornton plays his first game with the Sharks in Buffalo. Thornton has two assists, both on goals by Jonathan Cheechoo, as the Sharks win 5-0. San Jose, which was 8-12-4 before the trade, starts a six-game win streak in which Thornton has three goals and 11 assists.