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Patrick Sharp undergoes emergency appendectomy

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Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp is expected to miss most of training camp and the preseason after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Monday night.

"Sharp underwent an emergent surgical appendectomy [Monday] evening after experiencing some abnormal abdominal discomfort," head team physician Michael Terry said. "The surgery was successful and I anticipate a full recovery in approximately three to four weeks."

Training camp starts Friday with media day at the United Center. The first on-ice sessions are Saturday. It's possible that Sharp could miss the season opener against the Dallas Stars Oct. 7 if he needs four weeks to recover from the surgery.

Sharp signed a five-year extension worth $29.5 million in August after an All-Star season. He led the Hawks with 34 goals. Sharp missed seven games last year with a left knee injury.

Winger Patrick Kane is still expected to participate in training camp after undergoing wrist surgery to repair a fracture earlier this summer.

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Every appendectomy is an emergency. . . . . .

Had a friend back in Iowa who went in last week complianing of abdominal pain and they diagnosed appendicitis. When they opened her up they found the appendix had already burst, moreover, the doctors estimate it had burst as long as a week ago - she had Peritonitis and was in critical condition until this past Sunday but now it looks like she is going to make it., albeit a very close call.

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