Joe Thornton on joining the Leafs: "Having a chance to win the Stanley Cup in Toronto is special"
Joe Thornton addressed the media on Sunday to discuss joining the Toronto Maple Leafs at age 41 to pursue a Stanley Cup.
What was the process like in free agency for you once you hit the open market?
Thornton: There were some teams that were interested. Doug [Wilson] wanted me to come back to San Jose. I started talking with Kyle and Sheldon. It was probably the hardest hockey decision I’ve ever had to make, but I truly believe Toronto — with the roster they have and the guys they have picked up this offseason — is a team that is ready to win now. I am ready to win. I am just excited that I am coming to be a Maple Leaf.
You mentioned you like the team. Can you talk about some of the other factors as well? How much did things like the fact that you are a Southern Ontario kid and that your family still lives in the St. Thomas area play a factor in your decision?
Thornton: It did. Obviously, my parents are right there — about an hour and a half or an hour and 40 minutes away. That was part of it. They can be around their grandkids a lot. Really, it’s because of the hockey team, obviously. This team is a very, very good team and I am trying to win a Stanley Cup. This is a great team that can do that.
There are a couple of things that helped along the way, but I really, really ...
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