By Joey Nelson –
As this nightmare of a regular season has finally come to an end, the original 10 god announces that he will retire. I’m not talking about the young stud who’s bringing the Bears back, but the man who helped win 3 Stanley Cups in 6 years, Patrick Sharp. Sharpie is the first of the original core five (Kane Toews Seabrook Keith Sharp) to hang up the skates and it’s truly an end of an era at the Madhouse.
It wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows for Sharpie as he played on some rough teams early in his career with the Hawks. He did in fact always find a way to put up points as he finishes his NHL career 12th in Blackhawks franchise history in goals (249) and 15th in points (532). I’ll always remember him for scoring huge goals when we needed it in the playoffs. He undoubtedly will remain in the hearts of Hawk fans for years to come.
Even though this is sort of a tribute, we can’t forget the rumors of why Sharpie got traded to Dallas a few years ago. According to a few sources Sharp was on the outs cause he may or may not have been banging Duncan Keith’s wife. Apparently there was a fight in the locker room between the two and it’s hard to believe it was just a rumor when both guys went through divorces at the same time. Duncs came out and said it was all bullshit but whatever, I’d be proud to be eskimo brothers with Patrick Sharp, dudes still a fox. The damn guy was the cover of the ‘Most Beautiful Chicagoans’ in 2011.
Back to the moments that should be secured in the minds of every Blackhawk fan’s head. Sharpie has had many like seemingly scoring on everyone of his birthdays and every time he had a child. The one that truly stands out to me that he doesn’t get enough credit for happened in 2010. Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, Patrick Kane scored in OT to win it all but what happened just seconds before? Even though he didn’t get credited with an assist, Sharpie forced the turnover that led to Kaner’s phantom goal that only two people in the world knew went in which would be Kaner and the goalie Michael Leighton.
Through all the ups and downs, it’s safe to say that Patrick Sharp is one of the main reasons the Hawks had so much success year in and year out. Three Stanley Cups over six seasons in Chicago, 42 career playoff goals (sixth all-time on the Blackhawks’ list) an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada in 2014 and a Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL back in 2005. Now that his playing career is over, don’t be surprised if you see him on tv somewhere as a broadcaster. As I stated before, the dudes a fox so any company would be lucky to be responsible for putting that face on TV. Congratulations on a great career and best of luck in your future endeavors. Cheers!