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Joe Thornton’s Sharks Captainship Revoked… For Now

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Joe Thornton will have to earn his captain's C back for the Sharks for the upcoming NHL season after his coach's announcement on Wednesday. Jae C. Hong/AP

It looks like “Jumbo Joe” Thornton will have to turn in his captain’s C as the San Jose Sharks report for training camp in September. He may get it back; he may not.

San Jose coach Todd McLellan said on Wednesday that the Sharks will begin training camp with no captains or alternate captains, meaning that the former Bruin will have to earn the C back.

Forward Patrick Marleau was the Sharks captain from mid 2003-04 through 2009 and was an alternate captain in 2013-14. The Sharks other alternate from last season, defenseman Dan Boyle, signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent this offseason.

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In the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Sharks joined the 1942 Red Wings, 1975 Penguins, and the 2010 Bruins as the only teams in NHL history to lose a series after leading 3-0, as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Sharks in four straight to win the series en route to their second Stanley Cup title in three seasons.

Thornton was named captain of the Sharks before the 2010-11 season, his second tenure as an NHL captain after serving as Bruins captain from 2002-05. He was traded to the Sharks on Nov. 30, 2005 in exchange for Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart, and Wayne Primeau.

He went on to win the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP that season, becoming the first player to have won the award while playing for two different teams in a season.

In his 16 year NHL career with the Sharks and Bruins, Thornton has totaled 342 goals and 852 assists in 1,207 games. He was taken by the Bruins with the No. 1 overall pick in 1997.