Late-blooming NHL star Patrick Sharp was born on Dec. 27, 1981 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Drafted by the Flyers at age 19 in the third round of the 2001 NHL Draft, Sharp played USHL and collegiate hockey (University of Vermont) before turning professional.
At the pro level, Sharp became a productive part of the stacked roster that enabled the Philadelphia Phantoms - led by late-season additions Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, as well as goaltender Antero Niittymaki - to win the Calder Cup in 2004-05.
Sharp played 66 regular season games at the NHL level for the Flyers, producing a total of 10 goals and 15 points, over parts of the 2002-03 (three games), 2003-04 (41 games) and 2005-06 (22 games). He had difficult cracking the top six of head coach Ken Hitchcock's lineup but dressed in 12 games during the Flyers' run to Game Seven of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals. Playing relatively limited minutes, Sharp scored one goal for his lone point during the playoff run.
On December 5, 2005, the Flyers traded Sharp to the Chicago Blackhawks in a swap for Matt Ellison. The trade proved to be an ill-fated one for the Flyers. Ellison faded from the NHL scene while Sharp, after a nondescript start, eventually went on to achieve stardom in Chicago. A three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks, Sharp was traded to the Dallas Stars in the 2015 offseason and produced a 20-goal campaign in his first year in Dallas.