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Bryan Bickell | Winger | #29

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/9/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 223
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 2 (41) / CHI
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Bryan Bickell has signed a one-day contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, so that he can retire with the team.
Bickell played for the Blackhawks for nine seasons and he captured three Stanley Cups with the organization. Unfortunately, his career was cut short because of multiple sclerosis. "As any professional athlete will tell you, stepping away from the game is extremely difficult especially given my circumstances," Bickell said in a release. "I'm honored to be retiring a Chicago Blackhawk—a team that has given me and my family so many great memories. I appreciate Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough and Stan Bowman for allowing me this opportunity." Oct 4 - 9:24 AM

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Bryan Bickell scored a shootout goal in his final NHL game on Sunday.

Bickell's efforts helped the Hurricanes earn a 4-3 shootout win over Philadelphia. "I think I sweated all the tears out, so I don't have much left," Bickell said. "It's been an emotional week leading into this day. Seeing my family here, all the people that supported me through it all, I'm just happy." He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis early in the season. He worked his way to the point where he could return for the end of the 2016-17 campaign, but made the decision to hang up his skates. He won the Stanley Cup three times with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Apr 10 - 10:04 AM

Bryan Bickell will retire after playing with Carolina this weekend.

"I've made the decision with my family that I'm going to call it quits, so it's just these last two games," Bickell said. "Hopefully we can fill the net up for the last home game for the fans. Hopefully I can get one myself. You never know when the last one is. It would be special." He has a goal in nine games this season with Carolina.
Apr 8 - 3:58 PM

Bryan Bickell played with Carolina on Tuesday for the first time since Oct. 30.

Bickell was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which put his future in the NHL into question. However, he went through the process and eventually returned to practices and then went through a stint in the minors. "It almost feels like my first game again," he said prior to Tuesday's contest. "It will be special. It will be emotional." He recorded three hits in 12:35 minutes of ice time in his return.
Apr 5 - 9:53 AM

Bryan Bickell has been called up by Carolina and he is expected to be back in the lineup on Tuesday night.

He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis earlier this season and he hasn't suited up for the Hurricanes since Oct. 30. "It's going to be emotional," Bickell said. "After getting diagnosed and that first month not knowing if I was ever going to play hockey again, it was tough to do every-day stuff and stuff like that. But to see the progress from where I was to where I am now is definitely special." He posted four points, including three assists, in 10 AHL games.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 3 - 12:03 PM

Bryan Bickell returned to the ice in an AHL game and had an assist in the Charlotte Checkers 6-1 win Sunday.

Bickell was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October and last played on October 30 for the Hurricanes. "There are long ups and downs, but it's nice to put a uniform on, play with the team and do what I've been doing my whole life," Bickell said. "It was pretty scary in the first month about if this day was going to come, but I'm happy that it came and now I'm moving forward." We wish him all the best in his health and ability to return to the NHL.
Feb 27 - 8:20 AM

The Hurricanes assigned Bryan Bickell to AHL Charlotte on Friday, moving him ever-closer to rejoining the team.

The veteran winger will play on Saturday for the Checkers, marking his first game since Oct. 30th with the Hurricanes. This is a huge win for the multiple sclerosis community and the Bickell family, so hopefully this happy story will only continue to thrive.
Feb 24 - 1:13 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have waived Bryan Bickell.

Bickell hasn't played since Oct. 30 as he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He resumed practicing a month ago and if he clears waivers, he'll be sent to the AHL so that he can get back into the swing of things.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 12:15 PM

Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis) believes he's "very close" to being back in game shape.

Bickell last played on Oct. 30. Nothing has been confirmed, but it is possible that the Hurricanes will send him to the minors for a conditioning stint before he starts playing for Carolina again.
Feb 16 - 4:14 AM

Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis) hopes to return to action during Carolina's five-game homestand that begins on Feb. 17.

"I feel good," Bickell said. "I obviously don't feel good right now, I just got skated pretty hard, but it's going to help me down the long run. I think we're getting there and getting close to getting back in the rotation. We're shooting for probably after the bye week and then kind of day by day from there." He hasn't played since Oct. 30 and would be open to a conditioning assignment with Charlotte of the AHL before he skates for the Hurricanes.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 7 - 4:11 PM

Bryan Bickell, who has multiple sclerosis, took part in Monday's practice.

Bickell hasn't played since Oct. 30, but this is obviously a step in the right direction. It's not yet known when he'll be able to return to the Hurricanes' lineup.
Jan 16 - 12:06 PM

Bryan Bickell, who has multiple sclerosis, is upbeat about the treatment he's undergoing.

Bickell believes that he'll eventually be able to resume his hockey career. He also noted that there was some degree of relief in getting the diagnosis because now he knows what was bothering him. "Before I was kind of frustrated in my game and things," Bickell said.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 09:22:00 AM

Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis) is taking his recovery day-by-day.

The winger was diagnosed with the disease earlier in the month and while he wants to return to the lineup this season, he needs to stay on schedule. "I'm just taking it day by day, hopefully letting the treatment take its part," Bickell said this week. "I'm just taking it day by day and having ups and downs through the day." Bickell and Josh Harding have been talking. Harding, a former netminder with the Wild, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012 but continued to play in the NHL for a few years. We wish Bickell all the health and happiness.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 09:32:00 AM

Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis) is confident he'll be able to return to the Hurricanes this season.

"We're already in the mix with getting treated and trying to get things stabilized and neutralized so I can get back on the ice," Bickell said. "I can't guarantee the time, but hopefully it's sooner rather than later." He has been experiencing symptoms like numbness in his shoulder and leg. Bickell is out indefinitely at this time.
Source: NHL.com
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 06:30:00 PM

Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said Bickell will need some time to rest in the immediate future. "Since the 2015 playoffs, I've been struggling to understand what was going on with my body. Again during the past few weeks, it felt like something wasn't right," said Bickell. "Obviously this is a bit of shock for my family and me, but I am hopeful I will be able to return to the ice and continue playing the game that I love." Former Wild goaltender Josh Harding was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in 2012. He managed to overcome that for the 2013-14 campaign while posting a 1.65 GAA and .933 save percentage in 29 games. Hopefully Bickell will be able to extend his career as well. We wish him the best of luck.
Source: NHL.com
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 04:01:00 PM

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