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Joe Thornton is a classy guy

Dec 3, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

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Blues fans don’t care much for Joe Thornton. He was the guy responsible for knocking David Perron out for over a year, after all.

Thornton’s brutal check to Perron after exiting the penalty box last season put Perron down on the ice and infuriated Blues fans. Thornton was suspended two games for the blindside check, but fan memories being as long as they are, the hard feelings took a while to dissipate.

Fast forward to today and Perron’s return to action with St. Louis, Thornton went out of his way to wish Perron well upon his comeback and it was Perron sharing that information with us all via Twitter.

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Thornton might still catch grief from Blues fans for the unfortunate situation with Perron, but with Perron back on the ice and bygones apparently being bygones, it’s good to see these guys put it aside to root each other on.

  1. theolgoaler - Dec 3, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Fine… I’ll say something nice about Thornton after somebody hits him in the frickin’ ear! Admittedly, it’ll take a Chara-sized player to reach “Jumbo Joe’s” head; but I’m willing to wait! (Grumble, grouse….) LGB!

  2. canucks18 - Dec 3, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Joe is NOT a classy guy!!! Txt’s and phone calls don’t classify for a guy to be classy. The way a guy plays should determine how “classy” a guy is

    • danphipps01 - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:33 AM

      Yeah, and Joe doesn’t exactly garner a reputation as a cheapshot artist, diver or talentless agitator – thereby elevating him to a level of class that Maxim Lapierre, Alex Burrows, the Sedins and Ryan Kesler can never hope to reach.

      But don’t go and break any windows over it or anything, Vancouver’s still cleaning up the mess and I wouldn’t want to make it any harder on them.

  3. sjsharksfan11 - Dec 3, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Yeah because Canuck fans know all about classy and classy players. Lapierre never bit Bergeron during the finals. In your eyes he’s a gentleman right? You’re a joke….

    • dhudhwala - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:00 AM

      It was Burrows who bit Bergeron. So I guess Lapierre IS a gentleman after all? :P

      • dhudhwala - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:04 AM

        Oh god I misread that. My apologies. I get it now. How embarrassing. Don’t look at me.

  4. cup0pizza - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    As long as Thornton keeps choking in the postseason on an annual basis, he can be as classy or boorish as he wants. Go STARS!!!!!

  5. canucks18 - Dec 4, 2011 at 3:50 AM

    You guys are ignorant morons. I’m guessing you’re American right? Full of shit just like the rest of em…

  6. govtminion - Dec 4, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Let’s all make vague generalizations of other fan bases to cover up our own insecurities, yaaaaay!!!

  7. tilllman40 - Dec 4, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    @canucks18 aww lil baby break any windows lately after losing hockey game? Aww lil Canuck need his bottle? Where’s ur mommy lil baby .so cute an upset hooligan , :( poor baby mommy will b right there ehh.

  8. pistolpete31 - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    He went out of his way to text him? I think it probably took him 30 seconds to write that text. He could have at least called him since he caused him to lose more than a year of playing time. Jumbo is a dirty player, how many remember his slash on Bolland off the faceoff?

  9. vipod4ever - Dec 4, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Really, I could care less if a player is classy or classless….”Joe,have you led your team to a Stanley Cup?” Btw…only one player deserves that adjective…Jean Beliveau…period!

  10. sbrowncreative - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    My best friend and I were reading this thread. He’s from Winnipeg and I’m from NJ. We don’t have an opinion about Thornton either way. But we were both disturbed by the Canada/US comments. Our two countries share the greatest sport on earth in the best league on earth, the NHL. Keep it respectful, eh! Or, as we say in Jersey… Eh! Keep it respectful!

    Cheers

    • imleftcoast - Dec 4, 2011 at 5:57 PM

      Get a grip ambassador. It’s just as you say in NJ ‘busting balls.’.

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