Another former NHL forward is joining the coaching staff of his amateur team. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports that Patrick Sharp is joining the University of Vermont program as a coaching advisor. Sharp played two seasons for UVM before turning pro in 2002.
Now 39, Sharp retired in 2018 after 939 regular-season games in the NHL. A third-round pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2001, he is best known for his long tenure with the Chicago Blackhawks, which saw him set career highs with 36 goals and 78 points while hoisting the Stanley Cup three times. His two-way ability led to four different seasons of 30+ goals and Selke Trophy votes in five consecutive seasons, including a fourth-place finish in 2008.
For the last few years, Sharp has been with NBC as a studio analyst but now appears to be taking a different path in his hockey career. In his 65 games with Vermont as a player, he scored 25 goals and 53 points, earning ECAC All-Rookie honors in 2001. He’ll now try to help his alma mater develop the next wave of college prospects.