VIDEO: Emotional Bryan Bickell Returns

Bryan Bickell returned to the ice for Carolina on Thursday night, his first game since being diagnosed with MS.

Originally a second round pick (#41) by the Blackhawks in 2004, Bickell appeared in 384 regular season games with Chicago. He had nine goals and eight assists in 23 postseason games as the Hawks won the 2013 Stanley Cup.

For as much as Bickell got hammered by fans (and media) in Chicago for lack of performance after signing a four-year, $16M deal in the wake of the 2013 Final, he has always been one of the true gentlemen and class acts in the game. He has always been up front about his performance, good or bad, and been willing to stand in front of a mic.

13 thoughts on “VIDEO: Emotional Bryan Bickell Returns

  • April 7, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Keep pushing on Bryan..just as you do for those dogs you protect. We have loved you since you came to Chicago and are standing behind you all the way. Play the game you love and leave your mark on the ice as you have left on our hearts.

  • April 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Great to see. All the best for you

  • April 7, 2017 at 10:50 am

    2015 doesn’t happen without his physicality with the Ducks. He’s a champion!

  • April 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm

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  • April 7, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Bickell, will always be a Hawks Champion! Good luck!

  • April 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    BB is a class act: people forget that he could have made more than 4M$ aav but was loyal and signed with the hawks for less than market.

    then undiagnosed MS prevented him from performing well and he took the heat and never complained or blamed.

    17 seconds and 2013 cup don’t happen without BB.

    wishing you nothing but health and joy and love and a long happy life Bryan!

  • April 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I really feel like an asshole now, hindsight being what it is. So happy he was able to come back. Even if this is the end for him as a player he really is a champion on and off the ice. Enjoy life because you never know when your livelihood could be taken away. I hope he’s able to do what he wants moving forward. On the ice or on the water.

  • April 7, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you, Bryan, for wearing the sweater and being a class act. Your contributions to two Cup winning teams will always be remembered and you’ll always be a Blackhawk.
    Best wishes…

  • April 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I truly regret the feelings I had about Bickell in the2014 and 15 seasons. It’s hard not to get emotional watching this clip.

  • April 8, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Just read Bickell will retire from the NHL…please give him one more shift next season. He is a big part of this successful years, a true champ.

  • April 8, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Completely agree Peter. That would be the right thing to do for such a classy guy. He was a stud for us in 2013. Maybe the Hawks could sign him to some sort of short term contract so he can retire as a Blackhawk.

  • April 8, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Bicks, enjoy a lifetime of sushi. There was also that important goal that was big in beating the Red Wings in game 6.

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