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Joe Thornton met his wife Tabea Pfendsack while playing in Switzerland


Joseph Eric Thornton is a Canadian professional ice hockey centreman and an alternate captain for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Thornton is married to Tabea Pfendsack. They met in Switzerland while playing NHL lockout during 2004–05. They married 7 years ago on 26th June 2009.

Joe Thornton's wife Tabea Pfendsack is a Swiss Business Professional. While husband Joe continues to carve out an impressive career wielding a hockey stick for the San Jose Sharks, Tabea Thornton aims to finesse her way into the hearts of young readers with her box of coloured pencils.

She has teamed up with writer Tim Fennema to publish their illustrated children's book, The Very Hairy But Not So Scary Mouse, the debut in a planned series of books designed to "help children understand, rather than fear animals that some people are afraid of," according to the closing credits.

The couple have a daughter, Ayla, born on July 14, 2010 and a son, River, born on June 6, 2013.

Joe Thornton and family

Joe Thornton and his wife Tabea Pfendsack

Joe Thornton and his wife Tabea Pfendsack

Joe Thornton met his wife Tabea Pfendsack

Joe Thornton and his wife Tabea Pfendsack  selfie

 Tabea Pfendsack with writer

Joe Thornton wedding

Tabea Pfendsack