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Dear Abby: Tell some secrets about Sharp

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



RALEIGH, N.C. — Abby Sharp knows her husband, Patrick, has a giddy fan base full of teenage girls who wear his jersey and bring signs in his honor to practices at Johnny’s IceHouse West.

“I just say, ‘Oh, those girls, they don’t really know you — they don’t see you lying about and me getting on your case,’  ” a laughing Abby said.

“I tease him sometimes.”

They also don’t know Patrick Sharp tends to sleep a lot, has an “American Idol” competition with Abby in which they sing or that Abby makes him watch “The Bachelor.”

“I don’t know if his teammates know about that, either,” she said.

What everyone knows is that Sharp is leading the Blackhawks in scoring and is on pace for the best goal output of his career.

Sharp often is asked what has been different for him this season, and he often says it’s because of the confidence he got after a great postseason last year.

But he says marrying Abby in July has helped, too.

“It feels different this year,” Sharp said. “It has been a change. I didn’t think I was going to feel any changes. But once you get married, that’s for real. It’s made me a better player, and it’s nice to come home to her. We have a little family here with our dog, Shooter.”

Abby won’t take any credit, though. She knows her husband has gotten better every year since they first started dating at the University of Vermont. She knows Sharp has spent his life proving people wrong.

“My whole life as a hockey player, I was never expected to play in the National Hockey League or certainly score goals at this level,” Sharp said. “To a lot of people, this is surprise.”

What aren’t surprises are that Sharp is an All-Star and that Hawks general manager Stan Bowman wants to keep him in Chicago.

“There’s probably not a more versatile guy in the league as far as how he’s utilized by the coach,” Bowman said. “He’s a player of high value and a player we certainly want to keep here.”



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