Former Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell to retire from NHL at end of season

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Former Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell told NHL.com that he will retire from the National Hockey League at the end of the season after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November.

He will play in the Carolina Hurricanes' final two regular-season games before making it official.

Bickell, 31, hadn't played in an NHL game since Oct. 30, and made an emotional comeback last week

He spent his first nine seasons with the Blackhawks, where he was part of three Stanley Cup-winning teams. He's famously known for scoring the game-tying goal late in the third period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins, sparking two goals in 17 seconds to secure their fifth title in franchise history.

Drafted in the second round (No. 41 overall) by Chicago in 2004, Bickell has accumulated 66 goals and 70 assists across 363 games in the NHL, and added 20 goals and 19 assists in 75 postseason contests.

Wishing Bickell and his family all the best and good health going forward.

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