General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have re-signed center Patrick Sharp to a 2-year contract.
Sharp was acquired by the Blackhawks along with Eric Meloche from the Philadelphia Flyers on December 5, 2005 in exchange for forward Matt Ellison and a 3rd round pick in 2006.
The 24-year-old center appeared in 22 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season recording 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points and 10 penalty minutes while posting a plus/minus rating of +4. As a Blackhawk, Sharp played in 50 games scoring 9 goals while adding 14 assists for 23 points with 36 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +1. For the season, Sharp played in 72 games scoring 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points. In his NHL career, Sharp has appeared in 116 career games scoring 19 goals while adding 19 assists for 38 points with 46 penalty minutes and a +5 rating.
Prior to turning pro, Sharp attended the University of Vermont for two seasons (2000-01 to 2001-02) appearing in 65 games and posting 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points and 86 penalty minutes. He was awarded the John C. Cunningham Award as Vermont's Most Valuable Player for the 2001-02 season.