Is Bryan Bickell Going to Retire a Chicago Blackhawk?
Is former Chicago Blackhawk and Rockford IceHogs fan favorite coming back for a short period so he can retire in a Blackhawks sweater? According to the Chicago Tribune he is.
Sources are saying that Bickell will sign a special one-day contract so he can then retire as a Chicago Blackhawk. It makes sense, seeing as though he helped them win 3 Stanley Cup Championships. I'm hoping this is true! My family and I have always been big fans of Bryan Bickell. My daughter named our Chicago Blackhawks garden gnome Bickell after him.
He was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2004. He went on to spend nine seasons with the Hawks. Bickell cemented his fan favorite status when he scored the game tying goal in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup-clinching series against the Boston Bruins. That goal was the first of two in that historical 17 seconds that won the game (and the cup) for the Chicago Blackhawks. Bickell went on to score 17 points in that post season alone.
Aside from the time he spent in Chicago, Bryan Bickell spent four seasons in Rockford with the IceHogs. His last season in Rockford was the 2015-16, after which the Hawks trades him to the Carolina Hurricanes. During his time as a Rockford IceHogs, people in town fell for him on and off the ice. It's not hard to do, he's a good dude!
Months after he was traded to the Hurricanes is when he was diagnosed with MS. After experiencing some troubling symptoms the previous seasons before, including fainting during a 2015 playoff game against the Ducks, he didn't think it would be something as serious as a MS diagnosis.
Here's hoping this is true and Bicks is able to retire a Chicago Blackhawk. Fans would be really happy about it. I know I would be!!