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Joe Thornton

Joseph Eric Thornton is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. In 2022, Joe Thornton's net worth is estimated to be $65 million dollars.

March 29, 2022

Words by Matthew Taylor

Joe Thornton Net Worth

$65 million

Est. Range $50M - $80M

Medium Confidence

Joseph Eric Thornton is a professional ice hockey player from Canada. He was drafted first overall by the Boston Bruins in 1997 and played seven seasons with the club, three as its captain. In 2005-06, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks. He played 14 seasons with the Sharks, including four seasons as team captain and a run to the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. Thornton is widely regarded as one of the best passers of all-time. He is nicknamed "Jumbo Joe" because of his large stature.

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