Joe Thornton’s captaincy appears to be over in San Jose.
According to a report Wednesday by CSN Bay Area, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and coach Todd McLellan confirmed they have stripped Thornton of his captaincy after four years of leading the team.
Wilson and McLellan said they are entering next month’s training camp with no captain or alternative captains, which means former Sharks captain and longtime alternate Patrick Marleau will be losing the ‘A’ on his sweater.
The Sharks’s 2013-14 season ended after they blew a 3-0 series lead to the eventual-champion Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs. Wilson told CSN Bay Area the team will enter training camp with a "clean slate. There are no captains. There are no letters."
The report says a new captain and leadership group will be chosen at some point, but it might not happen before the season begins in October. While it hasn’t been ruled out that Thornton could again be given the ‘C,’ the report says the Sharks are planning to give their younger players bigger leadership roles.