Patrick Sharp will likely play his final NHL game Saturday in Winnipeg.
The Chicago Blackhawks winger announced after the team’s 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday that this will “probably be his last NHL season. He wore an “A” as an assistant captain, a video tribute was played for him and he took one final lap around the United Center ice after the game.
Asked if this is his last season, Sharpy says: “Yeah, probably... I’m grateful I had the opportunity to come back to the #Blackhawks”— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) April 7, 2018
“It was a tough game out there, tough to concentrate with what was going on inside my head,” Sharp told NHL.com. “But, thankful that I was able to do that, and the Hawks put that video on for me in the third, which was really special, and the guys standing out on the ice and making me do a lap was something I’ll always remember. It was a special night.”
Sharp, 36, signed a one-year, $1 million contract with Chicago last summer, and has recorded 10 goals and 11 assists in 69 games this season in his second stint with the Hawks.
After arriving in Chicago from Philadelphia during the 2005-06 season, Sharp helped the Hawks win Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013 and 2015. After the third Cup, he was traded to Dallas and spent two seasons with the Stars before returning to Chicago.