Patrick Sharp has faced plenty of cameras in his career. Its part of the job, part of being a celebrity athlete.
I enjoy it. A lot do as well, told the media during his visit to St. Louise de Marillac School in LaGrange Park on Thursday. But its important to do the right things.
Its been nearly a month since Sharps teammate and close friend Patrick Kane was photographed at a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Madison, Wis. The Blackhawks have talked to Kane about it, and have sparingly talked to anyone else about it. For Sharp, it is about doing the right things And its also about being there and backing his good friend.
Hes my friend, hes my teammate. I love the guy and Im going to be behind him no matter what happens, Sharp said You watch him play, a world-class talent, does all kinds of things on the ice. Hes the same great kid that hes always been.
He lives a pretty famous lifestyle when everyone can recognize him wherever he goes, Sharp continued. Its more of a personal matter, as far as everything he deals with. Its better he answers those questions.
Sharp was over in Finland, playing in the World Championships, when assistant coach Mike Haviland was fired. Coach Joel Quenneville said there was a dysfunction that needed to be addressed at the time. If it existed, Sharp said he was unaware of it.
If there was, players didnt sense it. Theyre all professional coaches in that room that do a good job of relaying messages. I didnt know any of that, Sharp said. Its a credit to Joel and his staff for doing a good job the last couple of years.
Sharp said he has a lot of respect for Haviland, who was well liked in the room.
Mike was a great coach to me, a great friend and I enjoyed playing for him, he said. Hes well respected across the league, and its just a matter of time before he lands another job.