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NHL Star Bryan Bickell Reveals he has Multiple Sclerosis

November 14, 2016

3-time Stanley Cup Champion Bryan Bickell thought that he had conquered the toughest journey of his life when he hoisted the most famous trophy in sports over his head back in 2010. However, he recently announced through his club, the Carolina Hurricanes, that he has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and will be out indefinitely.

"Since the 2015 playoffs, I've been struggling to understand what was going on with my body. Again during the past few weeks, it felt like something wasn't right," Bickell said in a statement released by the team. "Obviously this is a bit of shock for my family and me, but I am hopeful I will be able to return to the ice and continue playing the game that I love."

"Everybody knows your (own) body and what's normal, what's not normal," Bickell said, via the Chicago Tribune. "This was definitely not normal."

Bickell, who was acquired from the Blackhawks on June 15, has received support from fans, players and coaches from around the league since his diagnosis. While there is no cure for the disease, the three-time Stanley Cup champion said doctors discovered it early enough in its progression that they should be able to manage its effects and allow him to eventually get back on the ice.

"I'm just uncertain. Knowing what's next is the biggest thing," Bickell said. "Hopefully I can get on the ice and help my team and be safe and do my job ... Hopefully my career goes longer if I play the cards right. You're just scared for the other stage where I've been playing hockey for so long and this definitely could be it. There are roads in life and this could take me down a different road."