Class of 2021
Patrick Sharp
Stan Mikita Lifetime Achievement Award

Patrick Sharp, hailing from Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who enjoyed a remarkable 15-season career in the National Hockey League (NHL), representing the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Dallas Stars. Drafted 95th overall by the Flyers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Sharp honed his skills in collegiate hockey at the University of Vermont before making his NHL debut. His tenure with the Blackhawks, spanning 11 seasons, saw him flourish as a key player, serving as assistant captain from 2007 to 2015. Sharp’s offensive prowess was evident, with seven seasons of at least 20 goals, including four seasons surpassing 30 goals and five seasons accumulating 60 or more points. In 2010, Sharp clinched his first Stanley Cup victory with the Blackhawks, triumphing over his former team, the Philadelphia Flyers. His contributions during the 2010 playoff run were significant, tallying 11 goals and 11 assists. Remarkably, Sharp added two more Stanley Cup titles to his name with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015. After a stint with the Dallas Stars, Sharp returned to the Blackhawks in 2017 before ultimately retiring in 2018. Throughout his NHL career, he showcased his talents in 939 games, amassing a total of 620 points, including 287 goals and 333 assists. Sharp’s achievements extended beyond the NHL arena; he represented the Canadian National Team at the 2014 Winter Games, clinching an Olympic Gold medal. Post-retirement, Sharp transitioned to a broadcasting career, serving as a studio analyst for NBC Sports Chicago and the NHL on NBC. Recently, he announced his return to the University of Vermont in an advisory coaching role, further solidifying his commitment to the sport and its development at the collegiate level.

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