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Cheechoo & Thornton bag some hardware
Art Ross & Richard Trophies coming to S.J.
4/18/06 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks reeled in some serious hardware on Tuesday night. Jonathan Cheechoo captured the Maurice "Rocekt" Richard Trophy for leading the league in goals scored and Joe Thornton won the Art Ross Trophy for most points scored in the league. The Sharks wrapped up their regular season a day earlier, but they were forced to wait on the outcome of the New York Rangers - Ottawa Senators game on Tuesday.

Cheechoo topped Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr by two goals with his franchise record 56 tallies this season. Jagr also trailed Thornton in the points race, eventually succumbing 125 to 123.

Thornton's story was made all the more interesting, because of the fact that he won the scoring title after playing for two teams during the season. After being acquired from the Boston Bruins on November 30th, Thornton went on to score 20 goals and 72 assists.

The assists total alone was a franchise record for San Jose. His combined 29 goals and 96 assists would have been a Sharks franchise record for most points scored, but that mark was set by Cheechoo this year with 96 points.

"I follow hockey a lot," Thornton said. "I know a lot about the history of hockey, and the Art Ross Trophy, there's a lot of big names on there. It's an honor to put my name on it."

Thornton set a franchise record by recording six consecutive multi-point games and tied a club record for recording assists in eight consecutive games.

Cheechoo came on like gangbusters over the final two weeks of the season, scoring 10 goals over an 11 game stretch as the Sharks made a push to qualify for the playoffs. Cheechoo's goal scoring binge was one of the primary reasons the Sharks were able to move up to the 5th seed in the Western Conference by the time the regular season smoke had cleared.

Cheechoo became the first player to record five or more hat tricks in a season since Mario Lemieux notched six in 1995-96.



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