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Blackhawks Camp: Sharp takes aim for season-opener

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 2:15 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / Super Saturday

CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp wasn't made available to speak with the media during Friday's media day prior to Chicago's training camp, but the injured Blackhawks forward was feeling good enough to speak with fans during Saturday's sold out Training Camp Festival.

He was interviewed over the public-address system by Hawks TV analyst Ed Olczyk, who emceed the annual event --  which features practice sessions and two scrimmages fans bought $5 tickets to attend.

"I'm feeling good," said Sharp, who underwent an emergency appendectomy this past Monday after feeling ill at a Hawks charity golf outing. "I wish I could be out there with the guys."

Sharp was told by doctors that he'd likely be out three-to-four weeks recovering from the procedure, which places his eventual return near the start of the regular season. When does he plan to return?

"Hopefully as soon as possible," Sharp told the crowd. "The timeline was three-to-four weeks, so right around the start of the season. I don't want to miss any games, so I'm pushing to play the first game of the season."

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery