“I had a few options to choose from and I definitely wasn’t going to wear No. 88, that’s for sure,” Sharp said with a laugh from Helsinki. “I thought 81 was symbolic for my birth year — being the oldest guy on the team — and of course for the ‘Hossman’ as well.”
The 88 comment, of course, was Sharp’s jab at Hawks teammate Patrick Kane, who along with Jonathan Toews, is sitting out the tournament to recover from injuries and rest up for the 2012-13 NHL season.
This is just the beginning.