Thornton also enshrined on the Wall of Fame on the upper floor
Saturday June 23, 2018
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - It's now welcome to the Joe.
The Timken Centre was officially renamed the Joe Thornton Community Centre, during a ceremony in honour of the most known hockey player from St. Thomas.
Joe Thornton was on hand, with family and friends, while hundreds of spectators filled the stands to watch the NHL star be added the city’s Wall of Fame.
“I’m very humbled,” Thornton said. “I’m so proud to be from this community and I take pride that I’m from St. Thomas. So many people have helped me along the way to get where I am today.”
St. Thomas Minor Hockey presented Thornton with one of their new jerseys, before Thornton joined young skaters on the ice, signing autographs and posing in photos.
“This will be my kids’ first skate in Canada and it will be in the Joe Thornton community Centre, so it’s pretty special for me,” said Thornton, who briefly reminisced about growing up playing hockey in St. Thomas. “Thanks to mom for making dad move from London. St. Thomas is a little gem in south-western Ontario that I’m so proud of.”
Among the guests was current San Jose Shark teammate and former St. Thomas Star, Logan Couture.