CHICAGO (AP) — Bryan Bickell pulled a Chicago Blackhawks jersey down over his broad shoulders once again. He smiled as he posed for pictures with his wife, two daughters and parents.
It was exactly what he wanted for the last day of his NHL career.
Bickell signed a one-day contract Wednesday to retire with the Blackhawks, returning to the city where he made his debut and rose to prominence as part of three Stanley Cup championships.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After Bryan Bickell put such a memorable end to his hockey career, it was hard to find a dry eye in the Carolina Hurricanes' locker room.
Bickell scored in the shootout of his final game before retiring because of multiple sclerosis, and the Hurricanes beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 Sunday night in the season finale for both teams.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell says he's retiring after the season as he fights multiple sclerosis.
Bickell said following Saturday night's 5-4 shootout loss to St. Louis that he and his family came to the decision "probably about 3-4 days ago. His final game comes Sunday night at Philadelphia.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Just seven games into his debut season with the Carolina Hurricanes, after realizing his body wasn't right, Bryan Bickell was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The devastating news triggered questions about whether his career would be over. Those first few weeks of his hiatus for treatment were tough.
The nearly five months that have since passed felt, at times, like years.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Bryan Bickell is back in the NHL five months after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The Carolina Hurricanes recalled Bickell and forward Andrew Poturalski from their AHL affiliate in Charlotte on Monday, one day before they play at Minnesota.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bryan Bickell had an assist in his first hockey game since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Playing for the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL affiliate in Charlotte, Bickell logged about 10 minutes of ice time while playing on the fourth line in the Checkers' 6-1 victory over Cleveland on Saturday night.
Bickell had the primary assist on Kris Newbury's goal that made it 5-0 just 2:51 into the second period.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell is expected to skate in his first hockey game since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The Hurricanes assigned Bickell to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte on Friday and say he's expected to play for the Checkers on Saturday night.
The move came a day after he was placed on waivers in a procedural move that allowed the team to send him to the minors.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Bryan Bickell is taking the next step toward his goal of returning to the Carolina Hurricanes while fighting multiple sclerosis.
The Hurricanes announced Thursday that they've placed the forward on waivers with the purpose of assigning him to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. The minor-league team begins a six-game homestand with games Friday and Saturday nights.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Bryan Bickell says he doesn't want to let multiple sclerosis end his hockey career.
The Carolina Hurricanes forward said during the first intermission of Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks that "my mindset is to get back on the ice, and I think I can do that."
The Hurricanes announced Bickell's diagnosis last month, and he's been on injured reserve since Nov. 11.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
General manager Ron Francis announced the diagnosis Friday.
Bickell said in a statement issued by the team that "during the past few weeks, it felt like something wasn't right," and that he's "been struggling to understand what was going on with my body" since the 2015 playoffs with Chicago.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Skinner had a hat trick, and then he didn't. He still did it all to help the Carolina Hurricanes earn a victory they hope will mean even more in the spring.
Skinner had two goals and an assist, and the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Friday night.
Skinner originally had his fifth career hat trick — and a shower of souvenir hats on the ice — before the third goal was awarded to Bryan Bickell on a scoring change.