Bryan Bickell is a forward for the Carolina Hurricanes, but is best known for his time with the Chicago Blackhawks. He is most famously known for tying the game late in the third period in game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, which led to another goal in 17 seconds, where Chicago clinched the Cup. He is also widely known for his charitable works with his organization The Bickell Foundation.
However, Bickell’s play began to decline in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (where Chicago won another Cup) as he began to feel sick, doctors believed he was experiencing vertigo. Unfortunately, Bickell did not improve and began to experience further symptoms in the 2015-16 season and was even transferred to Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford Ice Hogs for a period of time. His contract was broken up in June 2016 when he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes along with fellow forward Teuvo Teravainen.
Bickell, his wife Amanda, and his two daughters saw Carolina as a new start, yet symptoms persisted and his play declined. Bickell was initially diagnosed with an ocular issue, but today Chicago Tribune reported that Bickell has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Although Bickell currently plays in Raleigh, his presence has never left the Chicago Blackhawks Organization. Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough released the following statement today:
“Our thoughts are with Bryan, his family and the Carolina Hurricanes during this challenging time. He has built so many lasting relationships in Chicago both inside and outside of the Blackhawks organization based on his play on the ice and character off of it. Together, we will keep him in our thoughts during his fight against the disease.”