In case you missed it last night, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp skated off the ice at Chicago’s United Center for the last time. The 36 year old veteran of 938 career NHL games admitted that he’s “probably” retiring this offseason, fittingly as a member of the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks dropped a 4-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues last night, but none of that seemed to matter when Sharp took a final lap around the ice in front of the Blackhawks faithful.
The three-time Stanley Cup winner will officially hang up the skates for good later tonight when the Blackhawks take on the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg to close out their 2017-18 season. And, how fitting is it that the native of Winnipeg, Manitoba will get the opportunity to close things out in his hometown?
Over his career Sharp has provided Blackhawks fans with so many memories and it’s pretty safe to say that they wouldn’t have had the success that they’ve had over the past decade were it not for Sharp’s contributions. In total, the smooth skating winger has 287 career goals and 620 career points in 938 NHL games. Not bad. Not bad at all. His 532 points in 748 games as a Blackhawk puts him in 15th spot all-time within the team’s all-time franchise scoring, ahead of legends like Chris Chelios and Pierre Pilote. Again, truly a remarkable career.
In a touching bit of sentimentality, it was revealed after last night’s game that Sharp’s teammate Patrick Kane urged head coach Joel Quenneville to give Sharp the “A” for his final home game.
Wow… who’s cutting onions in here?
For more tear-jerking material, check out the post-game interview from Sharpy himself:
Congrats on a fantastic career, Patrick. Fans around the NHL may not have a true understanding of just how important you were to this Blackhawks dynasty, but true Hawks fans will never question your place in team history. While he may not have gotten the press or attention teammates like Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith or even Brent Seabrook have received, there's no question that he was a big part of a VERY good team for nearly a decade. Once again, congrats, Patrick.