CHICAGO — In his first public remarks since undergoing an emergency appendectomy Sept. 12, Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp said Saturday he hopes to be ready for the first game of the season.
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“I’m feeling good,” Sharp told Blackhawks television analyst Eddie Olczyk as his teammates began the first practice of the season. “I’m lucky we have such great doctors. Wish I could get out here with the guys right now.”
Sharp was having stomach pains at a team golf outing before heading to the hospital to get checked out. He was operated on immediately. His recovery is expected to take about a month.
“As soon as possible,” Sharp said. “The timeline is three to four weeks. I don’t want to miss any games so I’m pushing to play in that first game of the season.”
The Blackhawks began training camp Saturday and open the season Oct. 7 in Dallas.
Sharp led the team with 34 goals and had a career-high 71 points last season.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.