No. 10: Bryan Bickell is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
Now, this one is a far sadder moment than many of the others coming up on this list, but it gets the No. 10 spot because it didn’t actually happen while Bickell was with the Blackhawks. However, many fans still felt a tie to Bickell because the Blackhawks were previously the only NHL team he had ever known.
So when we learned in November that Bickell had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it was a bit of a gut punch. The disease is one that sees the body’s immune system attack its central nervous system. Bickell woke up one morning with a shooting pain in his shoulder that wouldn’t go away, and he was eventually told he had M-S.
Bickell may still be able to play in the NHL again. Former Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding played through M-S. But Bickell is currently taking time off to get his medical affairs in order, as he hasn’t played a game since late October.
I hope to see Bickell back on the ice again real soon. While he had his struggles in Chicago toward the end, he was key to the 2013 Stanley Cup run, and he seems like a really great guy off the ice.