‘There is always life after hockey’: Bryan Bickell adjusts to life with … – Chicago Tribune

Two-year-old Makayla Bickell loves to talk about hockey. Since April, she has repeatedly asked her parents when they are going back to the arena to see another game. But the answer isn’t so easy.

Her dad, Bryan Bickell, received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in November 2016. A three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks, Bickell decided to retire from the sport in April.

The former forward played 10 seasons in the NHL, nine with Blackhawks and his final year with the Carolina Hurricanes.

But for his oldest daughter Makayla, the concept of retirement still hasn’t processed. Whenever Makayla watches TV and sees a Blackhawks or Hurricanes jersey flash across the screen, she shouts, “Daddy scores!”


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