Hockey player diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Bryan Bickell’s final hours as an NHL player were spent in thought. He couldn’t help but think of those who supported his efforts to become a professional hockey player, as well the friendships he made over 10 years in the game. He knew the day was coming, but couldn’t be fully prepared for the emotional rollercoaster the day brought.
Five months earlier, Bickell’s career took a drastic turn. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and spent the next three months sidelined from hockey. After responding well to treatments, he eventually started his comeback in the AHL with the Carolina Hurricanes’ affiliate in Charlotte. He played 10 games there before getting the call back up to the NHL.
By then, Bickell knew this was going to be his last season. The rigors of hockey do enough to a fully healthy body. But playing with MS made it that much tougher. So in his final game in the NHL, the 31-year-old three-time Stanley Cup champion say goodbye and went out in memorable fashion.
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