Thornton spoke to Joe Montana before signing with the Maple Leafs


“Jumbo Joe” got some help from another Joe who knows everything about leaving Northern California after spending most of his career there.Joe Thornton said he spoke to NFL legend Joe Montana before the veteran NHL forward chose to join the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“Joe gave me some great advice,” Thornton told reporters on Sunday. “He just talked about leaving San Francisco and going to Kansas City. ”

The 49ers traded Montana to the Chiefs amid a quarterback controversy in 1993. He played 13 years with San Francisco, guiding the team to four Super Bowl titles. The all-time great played for two seasons in Kansas City before retiring in 1995.

Thornton spent nearly 15 of his 22 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, who acquired him from the Boston Bruins in a trade in 2005. Although the Sharks never won a championship, he helped them. to reach the Stanley Cup final in 2016 and the Western Conference final three more times.

The 41-year-old also said on Sunday that he signed with the Maple Leafs because he believed they were “ready to win now”. He signed a one-year contract with Toronto for the league’s minimum of $ 700,000.


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