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Sharp hoping to make a point

posted 13 Aug 2009, 04:33 by myEdinburgh Admin
Fiery forward Andrew Sharp is hoping to make a point for the
Edinburgh Capitals in the 09/10 season in the Elite Ice Hockey
League. Sharp has a reputation for being a hot headed player and his
statistics certainly show this. Although he has only clocked up 98
games in his career, he has an incredible 620 penalty minutes to his
name. In those 98 games he has 13 points from 8 goals and 5 assists.

Last season he was played for the Sheffield Steelers with a brief
stint with Coventry Blaze the season before that. His notoriety first
became known in the UK when he made a dramatic debut in the English
Premier League playing for the Romford Raiders. In 19 league games he
had 156 penalty minutes with a further 51 racked up in 4 play off
games.

Doug Christiansen commented, "Say what you want about Andrew Sharp:
but he gets people talking about the Capitals and he helps our team
in a lot of ways. First of all, Sharp is a British player and does
not count as an import. Secondly, he knows his role. He is being
brought in to add toughness and protect our skilled players. His
signing allows me to bring in two forwards whose job it is to create
offense, instead of one scorer and a tough guy. I believe that every
team needs to have some toughness and the loss of Adam Stefishen and
Ross Dalgliesh meant that we needed some grit.

Andrew did not get a lot of ice last year in Sheffield, but not many
players in the league would have cracked the line-up of the defending
league and play-off champions. He wants to get better as a hockey
player. He knows that this season he must prove himself as a player
if he is going to be able to be a valuable commodity in the British
game. He is excited about the challenge and is willing to take
advantage of the fact that we have ice twice a day to improve his
skill set. If Andrew can improve his game, he could arguably have the
value of Stephen Murphy or Stevie Lyle because he gives teams an extra
import. I love the fact that he wants to prove his doubters wrong and
make the Edinburgh fan base proud to have him.

Sadly, this signals the end of the Adam Stefishen era. Adam has taken
a job in British Columbia and is not going to be coming back to the
Capitals. In my opinion, Adam Stefishen was one of the two best tough
guys in the league the last two years. He came to Edinburgh after a
nasty incident in the Quebec League followed by time in the CHL. In
his two seasons in Edinburgh he proved to be a leader on and off the
ice. He was great with the fans, and was a dangerous enforcer. He
played hard between the whistles and only missed one game because of
a suspension. Adam Stefishen was a great asset to the club and was a
class act. I would like to thank "Stef" for all he did the last two
seasons.

The job of a tough guy is arguably the toughest in sports. It takes
courage and fearlessness. Playing on the edge is something that is
hard to do. Controlling your emotions while being in a fist fight is
somewhat of a paradox. Andrew knows when he wears the Capitals
uniform he represents not just Edinburgh but Scotland. Andrew
understands how I believe the game should be played and knows what my
expectations of him are. He knows that he does not help us when he is
suspended.

Every player is a risk. I believe that Andrew is a risk worth taking
because he is excited to play in Edinburgh and to develop into a fan
favorite in Scotland's Capital."

His statistics can be found here:
http://edinburgh-capitals.com/players/detail.php?id=744
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