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He retired from the Canes after his MS diagnosis. But that’s not how he wants to be remembered.

Canes' Bryan Bickell: 'It was a special moment..to finish off like that'

Video: The Carolina Hurricanes Bryan Bickell talks to reporters at the final player availability of the season at PNC Arena Monday. Bickell is retiring after being diagnosed with MS near the beginning of the season. He scored in a shootout in t
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Video: The Carolina Hurricanes Bryan Bickell talks to reporters at the final player availability of the season at PNC Arena Monday. Bickell is retiring after being diagnosed with MS near the beginning of the season. He scored in a shootout in t

Bryan Bickell has never shied away from discussing his multiple sclerosis diagnosis or how the disease affected his life and the lives of his family.

Bickell retired from the NHL after last season, after that memorable shootout goal for the Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia, but his fight against MS — and against allowing MS to define or control his life — continues.

Video: The Carolina Hurricanes Bryan Bickel reflects on his last home game after playing against the St. Louis Blues in an NHL hockey game at PNC Arena in Raleigh Saturday night. Bickell recently announced his retirement; he was diagnosed with M

Bickell, in a first-person account for The Players Tribune called “Grinder,” gives a gripping account of him first discovering he had MS, coping with the diagnosis, then having the resolve to return to the ice before the end of last season.

As he wrote, “I worked my way back for one last ride, and I’ll always be proud of that.”

Video: The Carolina Hurricanes Bryan Bickell gets emotional as he talks about returning to play on home ice at PNC Arena against the NY Islanders Thursday night. It was Bickell's first home game in months, as he has been out most of the season a

Bickell, in considering his hockey legacy, wrote: “I want you to think about the guy who worked for it, and stuck with it, and won at it. I want you to think about the guy who retired on his own terms — and then moved through his 30s and 40s, into his 50s and 60s, into his 70s and 80s, like he skated through his 20s.

“By grinding, one day at a time.”

The Carolina Hurricanes delivered 650 Thanksgiving turkeys Tuesday to the Helping Hand Mission in Raleigh. Lending a hand were Canes forward Bryan Bickell and wife Amanda. Bickell recently was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but hopes to return

Chip Alexander: 919-829-8945, @ice_chip

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