Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks are 64 days away from playing any meaningful hockey, but Bryan Bickell has spoken and now we listen.
Bryan Bickell is a player that has tried all of our emotions as Chicago Blackhawks fans! He was a player that had such a great 2013 Stanley Cup playoff run that he earned a bigger contract.
The fact that Stan Bowman gave him 4 million a year wasn’t his fault, but he was never able to live up to that contract which made him a player that Hawks fans had mixed emotions about that’s for sure.
The one thing you could always count on Bryan Bickell to do is show up for the playoffs! We always spoke of him as playoff Bickell, and there always was a time in February or March were he would get sent to the pressbox to watch games.
In 2015, playoff Bickell never showed up which was strange for me, because I believed he was just a player that saved himself and all those hits for the postseason. I always liked Bickell and didn’t care about the regular season, but when they said he had vertigo or a bad tooth it was a tough message to receive because I wanted to cheer #29 on during the playoffs.
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Bickell spoke in the Players Tribune this week on how he first started getting his M.S. Symptoms during the 2015 playoffs which he actually played in 18 games but didn’t score. The story is tough to read, and makes you remember to be thankful for the health that you have.
I hope Bickell is able to remain as healthy as possible with M.S. like he says in his players tribune article, because he’s like a lot of us just hard workers that have a lot going on in their lives.
Here are some morning links to start your day!
Here is the article I’m speaking about from earlier this week about Bickell (Players Tribune)
Losing control has to be the scariest part of any illness (CSN)
How to fix the National Broadcast schedule for the NHL (Second City)
Chicago Blackhawks prospects are hurting at summer showcase (Committed Indians)
Henrik Lundqvist new pads celebrate NY landmarks (NHL)
5 Reasons why Stars fans should be giddy about the upcoming season (Blackout Dallas)
Steven Stamkos should be ready for the season opener (Puck Prose)
How the City of St. Louis differed at the trade deadline (St Louis Gametime)
What if the Islanders never hired Mike Milbury (Puck Daddy)