An announcement came out today from the Chicago Blackhawks. Bryan Bickell has signed a one-day contract with the team. He did so so that he can officially retire as a member of the Blackhawks from the National Hockey League. With the team, Bickell was a part of three Stanley Cup Championships. Out of 395 NHL career games, 384 were with the Blackhawks.
In an interview, Bickell says that as with most professional athletes, it is hard to step away from the game. The hockey star went on to say how happy he is to retire as a Chicago Blackhawk.
Bryan Bickell To Retire As With The Blackhawks
At only 31-years old, during his 10-year NHL career, Bickell was able to score 65 goals and 70 assists. Back in 2010, he made 37 of those points. He was able to lace up his skates for 75 Stanley Cup Playoffs games. During those games, he went on to score 20 goals and 19 assists.
While playing in the 2013 Stanley Cup, Bickell was a part of all 23 games and was able to score 17 points. During game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, he scored a goal that tied the teams up. Dave Bolland was able to score the game-winning goal only 17 seconds later.
Bickell was first picked during the second round of the 2004 NHL draft. During the 2016 season, he was able to play 11 games for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Senior Vice President, Stand Bowman, said in an interview that he and the team were thankful for having Bryan on the team. Bowman, who also is the General manager for the Blackhawks says that he and his team are excited to see Bryan raise awareness for multiple sclerosis.
While playing for the Hurricanes, Bickell made the announcement that he had multiple sclerosis. After the announcement, Bryan went on reserve due to the disease. That’s also when he began undergoing treatment for his ailment.