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Bit part in 2010 Cup win left Bickell hungry for more

Jul 29, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

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Forward Bryan Bickell could be forgiven if the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup victory left him feeling less than fulfilled. He was just starting to find his footing in the NHL at that time, so he was limited to 16 regular season contests and four playoff games with Chicago during that run.

As a result, Bickell wasn’t one of the players that got his name on the Stanley Cup in 2010.

“From being a part of that 2010 team and having everything but that one thing, that stuck in my head for a while,” Bickell told CSN Chicago. “It just pushed me even more to get my name on it.”

This time around, there was no question that Bickell was playing an important role with Chicago. He was solid in the regular season, but found another level in the playoffs with nine goals and 17 points in 23 games.

That’s been part of an amazing summer for the 27-year-old with him getting married and going from a three-year, $1.63 million contract to his new four-year, $16 million agreement.

“This summer’s going to be one to remember, from the Cup to a wedding to a new contract,” Bickell said. “I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    It was a win/win. Bickel showed he could deliver, especially won a line with Toews and Kane, who needed a bigger/more physical guy who could still skate and handle passes/shoot. At age 27, 4 years is a good term for both looks him up during what may be his most productive years with avoiding long term risk of declining production.

    I fully expect playing on the top two lines (playoffs after a key adjustment) instead of the 3rd and 4th lines will result in a yet higher points/game result.

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