NHL Star Bryan Bickell Back on Ice After MS Diagnosis

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Thirty-one-year-old Bryan Bickell thought his ice hockey career was over when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in November.

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But after a short “timeout,” Bickell is back on the ice and feeling fit. The three-time Stanley cup champion spent most of his career at the Chicago Blackhawks but moved to the Carolina Hurricanes last year.

According to a report on CNN, Bickell began experiencing pain in his right arm and leg, which he believed were just side effects of playing such a physical sport. When the pain didn’t subside, he sought medical attention.

After his diagnosis, Bickell took some time away from the ice quietly working on his health. After playing a few games with the Charlotte Checkers, he joined his fellow teammates and returned to the NHL just five months after his MS diagnosis.

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