Blackhawks re-sign Sharp to five-year extension

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed Patrick Sharp to five-year contract extension after the forward had one of his best offensive seasons, the National Hockey League (NHL) team said on Wednesday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but local media reports said the Blackhawks' alternate captain will earn $29.5 million over the length of the deal.

"Patrick is a very important member of our organization and we are looking forward to him being part of a core group that will be a contender for many years to come," Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman said in a statement.

"Over the last several years we have seen him develop into one of the game's elite players as well as a fixture in the community and we are proud to be able to announce this news today."

Sharp finished eighth in league scoring last season with 34 goals while adding 34 assists for a career-high 71 points in 74 regular-season games.

The 29-year-old All-Star also recorded three goals and two assists in seven playoff games before being eliminated in the first round by the Vancouver Canucks.

Sharp, a third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2001 NHL Entry draft, has 160 goals and 156 assists in 493 career games.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue)