| Cheechoo & Thornton bag some
Art Ross & Richard Trophies coming to
4/18/06 - By Mike Lee
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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