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Bryan Bickell Scores Shootout Goal in Final NHL Game; Will Retire Due to MS Diagnosis

April 11, 2017

Bryan Bickell scored in the shootout of his final game before retiring because of multiple sclerosis, and the Hurricanes beat the Flyers 4-3 Sunday in the season finale for both teams.

During a stoppage in the first period, fans and players from both teams gave Bickell a standing ovation and stick tap. The 31-year-old three-time Stanley Cup champion was diagnosed with MS in November but returned to hockey in February.

"From where I was at my peak to where I am now, there's a difference in my game," Bickell told NHL.com. "I don't think I will ever get back to that point with the circumstances.”

"For the last couple months, from where I was mentally and physically to where I am now, it's a big change. I'm just happy to finish up here and move on."

Bickell contributed to the Hawks' three Stanley Cup titles this decade, and during the 2013 run, he scored nine goals in 23 playoff games. That included the tying goal late in the third period of the clinching Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins.

Via Chicago Tribune