Blackhawks extend Sharp's contract

Patrick Sharp in the second period of the 58th NHL All-Star Game at RBC Center on January 30, 2011...

Patrick Sharp in the second period of the 58th NHL All-Star Game at RBC Center on January 30, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP)

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CHICAGO, ILL., - The Chicago Blackhawks and forward Patrick Sharp have agreed to a five-year contract extension, the team said Wednesday.

Sharp, 29, led the Blackhawks and tied for eighth in the NHL with 34 goals last season. He ranked third on the club with a career-high 71 points in 74 games during the regular season, then added five points in seven playoff games.

"Patrick is a very important member of our organization and we're looking forward to him being part of a core group that will be a contender for many years to come," Blackhawks vice president and general manager Stan Bowman said. "Over the last several years, we have seen him develop into one of the game's elite players as well as a fixture in the community and we are proud to announce this news today."

Originally drafted in 2001 by Philadelphia, Sharp played his first three NHL seasons with the Flyers, totaling only 15 points before he was dealt to Chicago in exchange for forward Matt Ellison.

Sharp's career took off in Chicago, as he recorded his first 20-goal season in 2006-07 and set a career-high in goals with 36 the following year.

He won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, beating Philadelphia.


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