San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton notched his 1,041st career helper Sunday to stand alone at 10th on the NHL’s all-time assist leaderboard.

The 39-year-old helped Tim Heed score in the opening frame against the Arizona Coyotes, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne.

Rank Player Assists
1 Wayne Gretzky 1963
2 Ron Francis 1249
3 Mark Messier 1193
4 Ray Bourque 1169
5 Jaromir Jagr 1155
6 Paul Coffey 1135
7 Adam Oates 1079
8 Steve Yzerman 1063
9 Gordie Howe 1049
10 Joe Thornton 1041

Thornton began the 2017-18 season sitting in 13th place behind six-time Art Ross Trophy winner Mario Lemieux. On Nov. 23rd versus the Vancouver Canucks, he passed Lemieux for 11th place.

The four-time All-Star and 21-year NHL veteran is eight points shy of tying Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe. He currently has five goals and 11 assists so far this season.

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