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Sharks Re-Signing White Walker Joe Thornton is Perfect Move to Extend Championship Window

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - MAY 15: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates after scoring a goal on Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues during the first period in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center on May 15, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Jumbo Joe is going to commit himself to at least one more year in his seemingly endless quest to hoist the Stanley Cup.

That's right, Thornton will return to the ice for an unprecedented 22nd season in the National Hockey League, and his 15th with the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks completed one of the best game seven comebacks in league history last spring before ultimately coming up shy against the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Finals.

Now that the Blues have their first Cup in their 52-year history, maybe karma will finally come out on Thornton's side.

Believe it or not, at the end of the 2019-2020 season, Thornton will be exactly as old (40) and will have played exactly as long as the most patient holder of the Stanley Cup, Raymond Bourque. After 22 years of waiting, his final game went quite well.

Both players started their careers with the Boston Bruins, both players are Canadian (okay, yes most of them are), and both players have been captains of their teams.

Thornton is definitely coming back for love of the game, but, if he's able to match Bourque's legacy, he'll carry the Stanley Cup into retirement without a second thought.