Bickell (illness) had an assist Saturday in his first hockey game since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He was playing with the AHL Carolette Checkers. Bickell was diagnosed with MS in November and began practicing last month with the Hurricanes. He logged about 10 minutes Saturday while playing on the fourth line.
Bickell (illness) was assigned to AHL Charlotte for the purpose of conditioning, John Dietz of the Daily Herald reports. Bickell is slated to see his first game action tomorrow night since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November. The 30-year-old isn't likely to make a big fantasy impact or even help his team make the playoffs, but it would sure be an unbelievable thing to see him come back in the same season.
Bickell, despite his battle with multiple sclerosis, is bound for AHL Charlotte and eager to play in games, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Bickell's apparent progress and determination to play hockey again is one of the feel-good stories of the year. His heading to the AHL will serve as a conditioning stint of sorts, and there should be plenty of eyes on him to see how he fares in minor-league action. Carolina is nearly mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, so Bickell may have less than two months to try and draw into another NHL game as part of the 2016-17 campaign.
Bickell, who is dealing with multiple sclerosis, said he's aiming to return during a homestand Feb. 17-26, NHL.com reports. Bickell skated prior to Tuesday's game against the Capitals as part of his conditioning regimen. Fortunately, the winger said that he has responded well to treatment for the serious disease, adding that he'd welcome the opportunity of going on an official conditioning stint with AHL Charlotte before returning for an NHL game. While it appears that Bickell still has some hurdles to clear in his recovery, there's no questioning this guy's heart and dedication to the game of hockey. Here's hoping he continues to progress so well.
Bickell (illness) wore a non-contact yellow jersey at Thursday's practice, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. It's great to see Bickell, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, taking gradual steps to getting back on the ice. Bickell reportedly remains very upbeat about the treatment he's receiving, although there is still no timetable for his return to action. He remains out indefinitely until further notice.
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