No looking back for Joe Thornton

Sharks captain has moved on from his days playing for Boston

Updated: February 5, 2011, 7:18 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- It never gets old when Joe Thornton returns to the city that once could have been his to dominate as a sports figure.

Long before Tom Brady helped the Patriots win a string of Super Bowls and became an icon in New England, Thornton was anointed the future savior of the Boston Bruins when the organization selected him as the top pick in 1997.

He had the talent. He had the personality. But he never reached his iconic potential in Boston, especially when his game seemed to ...

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