Skip to main content

Bryan Bickell breaks down after first home game since MS diagnosis

Byran Bickell's emotional meeting with the media after playing his first home game since being diagnosed with M.S.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Tears were rolling down Bryan Bickell's face after Thursday night's game in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bickell, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, had just played his first game in front of Carolina Hurricanes fans since getting the bad news about five months ago.

"We’re just going to take it game by game," Bickell said, according to the News Observer. "It’s tough. I haven’t told my teammates yet. I’ve got to talk to my teammates in the next couple of days and let them know first, you know, what’s happening."

Wild fans will remember Bickell's name because he was a thorn in their side while playing for the Blackhawks, especially in the playoffs where he scored seven goals and five assists in 15 postseason games against the Wild.

Bickell's first game since the M.S. diagnosis was Tuesday in St. Paul when the Wild beat the Hurricanes. Afterward, Bickell said he planned to get advice from former Wild goalie, Josh Harding, who is one of only three players with M.S. to have played in the NHL, the New York Times reports.

“To get words of wisdom from a guy that’s been through it definitely helped,” Bickell said of Harding.

“A lot of people reached out through these months to let me know this day was going to come. With the circumstances and the rough road me and family went through to get this opportunity with some games left, I’m definitely blessed.”

Next Up

fire truck

Explosion reported near Hastings; man airlifted to hospital

Authorities say the victim has serious injuries.

Screen Shot 2022-10-05 at 2.30.07 PM

School faces uncertain future after land sold to Catholic nonprofit

The school near Marine on St. Croix sits on land that's just been sold.

BikeCarSceneMpls

Boy suffers 'life-threatening' injuries in car-bike collision in Minneapolis

Police said the driver is cooperating with the investigation.

North Memorial Health Hospital

Man dies from gunshot wounds after Minneapolis shooting

The death marked the 69th homicide of the year in the city.

image

Gallery: Island cabin is one of northernmost homes for sale in MN

Want to buy one of the northernmost homes on the market in Minnesota?

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 4.54.42 PM

Charges: Houston men robbed Edina bank of $110,000

A third suspect has not yet been identified.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys coming to Minnesota for 2023 tour

The rock band hasn't gone on tour in the United States since 2019.

Related

Wild breaking up Koivu, Granlund for must-win Game 4 in St. Louis?

Granlund and Koivu aren't on the same line for the first time since Thanksgiving.

2 trends the Wild have to break if they want to win

Minnesota's power play and shooting percentage were terrible in March. Is April's solid start a trend or a mirage?

Wild lead the NHL in just about every category since Dec. 4

The Wild lead the NHL in a bunch of important categories since Dec. 4, and Eric Staal is leading the charge.

Wild-Flames could get chippy after dirty hit allegations

Calgary's best player got hurt the last time the Wild played the Flames, so teams could be on edge when they meet again Friday.

Wild's critical road trip includes key game against surging Chicago

The key game in the Central Division race is Sunday between Minnesota and Chicago.

Wild drop back-to-back games for the first time in months

It has been a long time since the Minnesota Wild had dropped back-to-back games.