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Patrick Sharp

Patrick Sharp
Patrick Sharp - Switzerland vs. Canada, 29th April 2012-2 (cropped).jpg
Sharp while playing for the Canadian national ice hockey team in 2012
Born (1981-12-27) December 27, 1981 (age 37)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Blackhawks
Dallas Stars
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 95th overall, 2001
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2002–2018

Patrick Sharp (born December 27, 1981) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars. After his retirement as a player, Sharp joined NBC Sports as an analyst.

Sharp played collegiate hockey at the University of Vermont before he was drafted by the Flyers in 2001. He began his NHL career with the Flyers organization, but was traded to the Blackhawks in 2005. He became a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He was later traded to the Stars in 2015, where he spent two seasons before returning to the Blackhawks in 2017. Sharp also represented Canadian national team at the 2014 Winter Games, where he won an Olympic Gold medal.

Playing career

Junior and college

Sharp began his hockey career in Thunder Bay, Ontario, playing first for the Thunder Bay Kings program[1] then for the former Thunder Bay Flyers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). From there, he continued his hockey career in the college ranks with the University of Vermont, before the Philadelphia Flyers selected him in the third round, 95th overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Professional

Philadelphia Flyers

Sharp won the Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2004-05 NHL lockout

After completing two years with Vermont, Sharp made his NHL debut in 2003-04, splitting the season between the Flyers and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, recording seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) in 41 regular season games with the Flyers, and 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) in 35 games for the Phantoms. Due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Sharp spent the entire following season in the AHL with the Phantoms, registering 23 goals and 29 assists (52 points) in 75 regular-season games and eight goals and 13 assists (21 points) in 21 playoff games en route to a Calder Cup championship.

Chicago Blackhawks

Midway through the 2005-06 season, on December 5, 2005, Sharp was traded by the Flyers (along with Éric Meloche) to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Matt Ellison and a third-round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.[2] He finished the season with a combined 31 points between the two teams. Sharp emerged with the Blackhawks in 2007-08, recording career-highs of 36 goals, 26 assists and 62 points. He led the Blackhawks in power play goals (9), shorthanded goals (7) and game-winning goals (7). Near the half-way mark for the season, on January 17, 2008, Sharp signed a new, four-year contract with the Blackhawks lasting through to the end of the 2011-12 season.

At the start of the 2008-09 season, on October 8, 2008, Sharp was named an alternate captain for the Blackhawks, along with Duncan Keith.[3] Despite being limited by injuries, Sharp helped the Blackhawks form a highly offensive and young core led by second-year forwards Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and newly acquired defenceman Brian Campbell. He finished the season with 44 points in 61 games. He added 11 points in the 2009 playoffs as the Blackhawks were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals by the Detroit Red Wings.

Sharp with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012

On June 9, 2010, Sharp won the Stanley Cup with Chicago over the Philadelphia Flyers, his former team. He contributed 11 goals and 11 assists during Chicago's 2010 playoff run.

On January 30, 2011, Sharp was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, earning one goal and two assists in the game. On August 3, 2011, he signed a new five-year contract with Chicago worth $29.5 million, which came into effect for the 2012-13 season and carried an annual salary cap hit of $5.9 million.[4] On September 12, 2011, Sharp underwent an emergency appendectomy after experiencing abdominal discomfort. Team physician Dr. Michael Terry anticipated that Sharp would have a full recovery in about three-to-four weeks.[5]

On November 25, 2011, in a 6-5 win against the Anaheim Ducks, Sharp scored his second career NHL hat-trick.[6] Jonathan Toews, who himself had a career-high five-point game, recorded the primary assists on all three of Sharp's goals.[7][8] Sharp would finish the season with 33 goals and 36 assists. He scored one goal during the Blackhawks' first round exit to the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2012 playoffs.

During the 2012-13 NHL lockout, Sharp remained in Chicago, while many of his teammates started playing for European leagues. He spent time with his then nine-month-old daughter, and was involved in Gillette's "My City is My Gym" fitness program as a spokesperson.[9][10] During the shortened NHL season, when play resumed in 2013, Sharp played 28 games, recording 6 goals and 14 assists and a plus-minus rating of +8. On December 27, 2013, in a 7-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche, Sharp scored his third career NHL hat-trick.[11] Four games after, in a 5-3 win against the New Jersey Devils on January 3, 2014, he scored his fourth NHL hat-trick.[12] On January 7, 2014, he was named to the Canadian Olympic team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[13]

Dallas Stars

On July 10, 2015, due to salary cap issues, Sharp and Blackhawks defenceman Stephen Johns were traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt.[14]

On December 22, 2015, in the first matchup against his former Blackhawks, he tallied a two-point performance, adding a goal and an assist in a 4-0 victory. He played in 76 games in his first year in Dallas, recording 20 goals and 35 assists.

Return to Chicago

On July 1, 2017, Sharp signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2017-18 season.[15] Sharp accepted a pay cut, earning a $800,000 base salary with $200,000 in potential bonuses, to return to Chicago.[15] The Blackhawks named Sharp an alternate captain for their final home game of the season and honored him after the game.[16] Sharp announced his intention to retire after his final game, commenting, "I think I've known what I wanted to do for a long period of time here, and it's never easy... But I think I'm just ready to take that next step in my life -- and looking forward to it."[17]

Post-retirement

In October 2018, Sharp joined NBC Sports Chicago as a studio analyst.[18]

Personal life

Sharp joins First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama at the White House in 2011 to promote her Let's Move! initiative.

Sharp was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Ian and Ruth Ann Sharp. He has an older brother, Chris, who currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.[19] Relocating several times in his life, Patrick left his native Manitoba and relocated to Calgary as a child and then moved to Thunder Bay in 1990 at age nine. Patrick lived in Thunder Bay for the rest of his childhood. He was educated and attended local public schools in Calgary and Thunder Bay before settling in Burlington, Vermont, in the United States, to attend the University of Vermont.[20] Patrick's parents remain in Thunder Bay and live on Lake Superior.[21] In December 2009, Patrick was inaccurately announced as "Chicago's Sexiest Athlete" by Victoria's Secret, which then named Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls the winner, citing an "internal error".[22]

Patrick was married in July 2010[23] to his longtime girlfriend Abby, whom he met while attending college in Vermont.[24] Their wedding was held in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Sharp's Blackhawks teammate Patrick Kane was among those in attendance.[25] The couple's first daughter was born in December 2011, and their second daughter was born in October 2013.[26][26] In early 2011, Sharp was featured on the cover of Chicago magazine in its "50 Most Beautiful Chicagoans" story.[27]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Bold indicates led league

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998-99 Thunder Bay Flyers USHL 55 19 24 43 48 3 1 1 2 0
1999-00 Thunder Bay Flyers USHL 56 20 35 55 41 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 University of Vermont ECAC 34 12 15 27 36 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 University of Vermont ECAC 31 13 13 26 50 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 53 14 19 33 39 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 35 15 14 29 45 1 2 0 2 0
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 41 5 2 7 55 12 1 0 1 2
2004-05 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 75 23 29 52 80 21 8 13 21 20
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 22 5 3 8 10 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 50 9 14 23 36 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 20 15 35 74 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 36 26 62 75 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 26 18 44 41 17 7 4 11 6
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 25 41 66 28 22 11 11 22 16
2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 74 34 37 71 38 7 3 2 5 2
2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 74 33 36 69 38 6 1 0 1 4
2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 28 6 14 20 14 23 10 6 16 8
2013-14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 34 44 78 40 19 5 5 10 6
2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 68 16 27 43 33 23 5 10 15 8
2015-16 Dallas Stars NHL 76 20 35 55 27 13 4 2 6 0
2016-17 Dallas Stars NHL 48 8 10 18 31 -- -- -- -- --
2017-18 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 70 10 11 21 14 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 939 287 333 620 536 142 47 40 87 52

International

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada WC 9 3 0 3 4
2012 Canada WC 8 1 7 8 2
2014 Canada OG 5 1 0 1 4
Senior totals 22 5 7 12 10

Awards and honours

Award Year
College
All-ECAC Rookie Team 2000-01
AHL
Calder Cup Champion 2005
NHL
NHL All-Star Game 2011
NHL All-Star Game MVP 2011
Stanley Cup Champion 2010, 2013, 2015
Olympic Gold Medalist - Canada 2014

References

  1. ^ "Chicago - Chicago : News : Politics : Things To Do : Sports". Chicago Sun-Times.
  2. ^ "Patrick Sharp player notes". National Hockey League. 2012-12-04. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Barry, Sal (July 23, 2015). "Who Will Be Named the Chicago Blackhawks' Next Assistant Captain?". PuckJunk.com. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Jahns, Adam (3 August 2011). "Blackhawks keep Patrick Sharp in their future with 5-year extension". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Patrick Sharp undergoes appendectomy". Chicago Blackhawks. 2011-09-13. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Kuc, Chris (25 November 2011). "Fast start inspires Sharp to 2nd career hat trick". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks - Scoring Summary - November 25, 2011". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ Kuc, Chris (25 November 2011). "Chicago Blackhawks rally for 6-5 victory over Anaheim Ducks". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "The NHL Lockout Workout". 14 November 2012.
  10. ^ "No rest for Patrick Sharp".
  11. ^ "Patrick Sharp extra sharp with birthday hat trick". Chicago Tribune. December 27, 2013.
  12. ^ "Chicago Blackhawks - New Jersey Devils - January 3rd, 2014". NHL.com.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Lazerus, Mark (July 10, 2015). "Blackhawks trade Patrick Sharp to Dallas Stars". Chicago Sun Times. Archived from the original on July 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ a b Lazerus, Mark (2017-07-01). "Patrick Sharp returning to Blackhawks in free agency". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2017-07-01. Retrieved .
  16. ^ Dietz, John (2018-04-07). "Emotional Sharp announces retirement after Blackhawks loss". Daily Herald. Retrieved .
  17. ^ Campbell, Rich (2018-04-07). "Patrick Sharp savors Blackhawks' home finale, says after 4-1 loss he 'probably' will retire". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Patrick Sharp to join NBC Sports Chicago's Blackhawks coverage team". nbcsports.com. October 30, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ "Sharp shares Cup".
  20. ^ http://tbay.ok.bc.ca/includes/datafiles/print.php?id=77032&title=From%20Thunder%20Bay%20to%20Sharp-er%20Pastures
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ "Derrick Rose Named "Chicago's Sexiest Athlete"".
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^ "Kane is able to play hero for Blackhawks".
  25. ^ "Patrick Sharp & Patrick Kane Talk Hockey".
  26. ^ a b "Blackhawks' Sharp Becomes a Father".
  27. ^ "Behind the Scenes with '50 Most Beautiful Chicagoans' Cover Boy Patrick Sharp".

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