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Meet the Hawks: Patrick Sharp, No. 12
Hawks winger Patrick Sharp talks to Chris Kuc about sports, the arts and catching a fly ball at Wrigley.
What was your favorite hockey team growing up?
I never really had a favorite team. I lived in Calgary until I was 8, so I cheered for the Flames in the '80s, but I always cheered for individual players more than actual teams. Mike Modano was my favorite when he was in Minnesota and Dallas.
What is your favorite sport to watch besides hockey?
Baseball, without a doubt. I'm a Blue Jays fan, but now that I'm in Chicago, I like the Cubs. I live pretty close to Wrigley Field, so it's nice to go to those games.
What's your favorite NHL city?
Montreal. Everyone who has been to Montreal knows it's a pretty fun city.
What is the worst NHL locker room?
Pittsburgh. The minor hockey rink I grew up in is nicer. The ice has a nice feel to it, but the facilities are pretty bad.
What's the coolest place in the world you have visited?
I took a Caribbean cruise of all those islands with my family when I was a young kid.
If you could be any pro athlete, who would you be?
I would be Tiger Woods. I enjoy golfing, and he's so dominant in his sport it would be nice to have that feeling every once in a while.
What's your favorite leisure activity?
I play the guitar a little bit. I'm not Jimi Hendrix, but I can play a little. Pearl Jam is my favorite band, so I'm always trying to learn them. A guy named Aaron Lewis from the band Stained is great solo acoustic, so I try to learn his songs.
Have you ever met Eddie Vedder?
Never. But I'm planning on it someday. He has some Chicago connections, so I'm working on it, trust me.
If you could be any Chicago athlete for one day, who would it be?
I think I would be Alfonso Soriano because he gets to play the outfield in Wrigley. When I played baseball I was a center fielder, and just to catch some fly balls in Wrigley Field would be pretty cool.
What is your pregame meal or ritual?
I try to stay away from the superstitions, but I do eat the same meal. I eat chicken and pasta with a little side of rice and broccoli.
What are your career plans when you finish playing hockey?
I was a business major in college (University of Vermont) before I left, so that's something that appeals to me. I'd like to get involved in that.
Why do you wear No. 10?
I was No. 9 because of Mike Modano, but obviously you can't wear that here [because of Bobby Hull]. I don't think they're going to bring it out of the rafters for me. They gave me the next number up, which is 10.
What's your favorite activity on team charters?
A couple of us guys have those PSP video games. It's fun to have games, whether it's playing poker or the spy games where you shoot each other. Those are pretty fun.
What kind of movies are your favorites?
I like the mysteries and dramas. The slower movies that you have to think and figure out. I'm not a big action guy or spy thriller. I just like to think about the movie.
What are your favorite kinds of books?
I read a little bit. Not as much as I probably should. I enjoy autobiographies more than anything. I like to learn about specific people, mostly athletes and people in politics. I find those very interesting.
Which historic figure would you like to meet?