Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell just thought he slept funny on his arm. But after the pain continued, an MRI confirmed his worst fear. Bickell was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after experiencing symptoms since the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The disease forced Bickell to retire from the NHL in April.
Before his last two NHL games, Bickell told NHL.com that hopefully he could get a goal. “You never know when the last one is. It would be special,” Bickell said.
During the Hurricanes final game, Bickell scored a shoot-out goal on his last NHL shot.
The NHL presented an emotional tribute video to Bickell during the NHL Awards. After the video finished, Bickell and his wife Amanda gave an equally touching, teary-eyed speech.