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People & Personalities: Ex-NHLer Patrick Sharp A Rising TV Star

Sharp said he is mindful of criticizing players because of the respect he has for the game's difficulty
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THE ATHLETIC's Mark Lazerus wrote former NHLer Patrick Sharp, who now works as a Blackhawks studio analyst for NBC Sports Chicago, is a "producer's dream." For a lot of former athletes, TV is a "side gig, something to screw around with." But for Sharp, it is "quickly becoming a career." NBC Sports Coordinating Producer Mark Bellotti said Sharp can take his career "as far as he wants to take it." Bellotti: "I'm sure he could have floated into some other things, but he's really working hard at it." Sharp said his "biggest fear" with his TV role is "waking up the next morning and having a bunch of texts and phone calls for something I said that I was wrong on." Sharp added he does not think he will "ever destroy someone" on air because he has "too much respect for what it's like out there" on the ice (THEATHLETIC.com, 4/23).

ON THE SIDELINE: In Detroit, Tony Paul reports Tigers radio analyst Jim Price "will miss the team's nine-game, 10-day road trip, as he recovers from a virus which has slowed him much of the month." Price "already has been sidelined for a week, missing the entire six-game home stand" against the Pirates and White Sox. He "expected to return Friday, but didn't." FS Detroit analyst Dan Petry has "filled in for most of the games, and will do the Tigers' entire road trip." By choosing to skip the current road trip, Price will "eventually miss 15 games, his longest stretch off the air" since joining the radio team in the '90s (DETROIT NEWS, 4/24).

NOTES: Shortly after the Bruins were called for icing during Game 7 last night against the Maple Leafs, NBC play-by-play man Mike Emrick was "chatting about Bruins fans reacting to the whistle" when analyst Mike Milbury "audibly says 'f--k me.'" Milbury "likely didn't realize that his microphone was live" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/23)....Jimmy Johnson has signed a two-year deal to continue as a studio analyst on "Fox NFL Sunday." There had been rumors that Johnson might do the show this season and "then call it a television career after Fox gets the Super Bowl" (NYPOST.com, 4/23).