RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that forward Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis(MS).
In a statement released an hour ago, Francis said that the team will support him through this process. “The most important thing for Bryan is to take care of himself and his thoughts are with him and his family.” Francis said. “He will need to take some rest in the immediate future, and we ask that his privacy be respected during this process.”
Bickell, 30, was acquired by Carolina via a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he was a member of the team’s three Stanley Cup championships in 2010, 2013, and 2015, on June 15th, and in 7 games with the Hurricanes this season, he has scored one goal with the team this year. The Bowmanville, ON native was originally drafted by Chicago in the second round, 41st overall, of the 2004 NHL Draft, and in 391 career regular-season NHL games with Chicago and Carolina, Bickell(6’4″, 223 lbs.) has scored 136 points(66g, 70a).
“Since the 2015 playoffs, I’ve been struggling to understand what’s going on with my body.” Bickell quoted. “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 play the game I love.”
The Carolina Hurricanes(3-6-4) will return to action on Saturday night as they welcome in their Metropolitan Division rivals, the Washington Capitals to PNC Arena in Raleigh(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast, Hurricanes Radio Network).