November 11, 2016
Bryan Bickell Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis
30 year old Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Bickell has barely played this season, saying he "something wasn't right."
Bickell had joined Carolina this season but his best known for playing with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he won three Stanley Cups. In Chicago he was an imposing power forward who played his best hockey in the playoffs. That was never more evident than in 2013 when he scored 9 goals and 17 points in 23 games while playing on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
Bickell is in the final year of a four-year, $16-million deal he signed with the Blackhawks in July 2013. It is uncertain if Bickell will return to the ice.
Prior to the 2012-13 season Minnesota goaltender Josh Harding was diagnosed with MS and was able to play out his three year contract. However no team was willing to sign him and he has not played since 2014-15.