Patrick Sharp had an emergency appendectomy tonight. Here’s the press release from the Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry:
“Patrick Sharp underwent an emergent surgical appendectomy this evening after experiencing some abnormal abdominal discomfort. The surgery was successful and I anticipate a full recovery in approximately three to four weeks.”
Three to four weeks… why, that goes through all of training camp, preseason, and hits right up against the Blackhawks’ season opener! Sharp, your appendix has the worst timing ever. Get better soon, sir.
Well, even if Sharp can’t be at the Training Camp Festival this Saturday, at least he’ll be there in spirit — the Blackhawks are giving out Sharp bobbleheads to the first 10,000 fans.
Patrick Sharp was at the 12th Annual Four Feathers Charity Golf Invitational Monday morning, but he was experiencing discomfort and didn’t play, according to Chris Kuc. Viktor Stalberg was also there:
Sami Lepisto tweeted about his experiences today at the invitational, as well:
Check out tomorrow’s post for video and updates.
The 2011 Oshawa Rookie Tournament kicked off last Saturday. How are the kids doing? Er, not so good — they’ve lost to both the Leafs rookies and the Senators rookies so far. For more detailed information about the tournament, keep an eye out for Prospects Friday this week.
Finally, Eddie Olczyk talks about the tragedies that have befallen the hockey world this offseason — not only the Lokomotiv plane crash, but the deaths of Wade Belak, Derek Boogard, and Rick Rypien.
“I think a lot of times as professional athletes we all were too proud at one point to think that we need help or to ask for help. It’s OK, and that’s the only way we are going to learn. I think the league, the players association and everybody involved in hockey — myself included — we need to do a better job of protecting our players and educating them. And letting them know that if they are having issues away from the game, there are programs and people willing to help them. We don’t want to see them be by themselves and look for other alternatives.”