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Hawks Made a Pretty Sharp Trade

by Larry Wigge / Chicago Blackhawks
No one ever accused Patrick Sharp of not being focused and driven. But it would be safe to say that there was some uncertainty about Sharp’s future when he was traded by the Philadelphia Flyers to the Chicago Blackhawks in December 2005.

You see, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native sustained a concussion in his last game with the Flyers and he wasn’t quite himself.

"It probably wasn’t the smartest move to keep on playing,” Sharp said. “But I had been waiting for so long to get a real chance to play in the NHL. I wasn’t going to waste any opportunities. I wasn’t knocked out in my last game with the Flyers, but it took a good month before I felt like I was back to normal."

There’s nothing normal about Patrick Sharp’s story. He has always had to prove himself to coaches and scouts. When he was 15, he wasn’t even drafted by a junior team because of his diminutive stature.

"I was 5-foot-7, 140-pounds playing against guys 6-1, 6-2 and nearly 200 pounds," Sharp said.

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