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Bickell trying to build confidence via YouTube and Dr. Gary

Mar 11, 2014, 2:18 PM EDT

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Mired in a disappointing season after signing a four-year, $16 million deal this summer, Chicago forward Bryan Bickell is trying to find some positives… and he’s looking pretty much anywhere for ’em.

From the Chicago Tribune:

“Sometimes when I’m down and I feel I need a little boost, I go on the Internet and check out video clips — it helps,” Bickell said. “I go on YouTube and check out the fans and how much the Blackhawks mean to the city and how they show the passion they have, and it kind of gets you into the game and emotionally fires you up.”

Then there are meetings with James F. Gary, the Hawks’ mental skills coach who is a fixture at home and on the road. Gary has had Bickell listen to motivational tapes, and the two confer at times throughout the season.

“I’ve talked to Dr. Gary a couple of times just for refreshment to know who I am as a person and a player and to realize what I can do,” Bickell said. “It refreshes the things that work and keeps me in the mindset of what I need to do every night.”

Gary is listed on the team website as part of the club’s medical staff and has been around the ‘Hawks for a while, having worked with defensemen Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith. Keith, in fact, made a point of thanking Gary after winning his first-ever Norris Trophy in 2010.

Chicago isn’t alone in employing this kind of medical staff. Vancouver used to work with noted sports psychologist Bruno Demichelis, known for his time with European soccer powerhouses A.C. Milan and Chelsea.

As for Bickell, a knee injury did hamper him for part of this season, but it’s hardly been his lone reason for struggle. The weight of expectation appears to be crushing — he was made a healthy scratch on a few occasions and is on pace to finish the year with just 16 points, which would be his lowest since breaking in as a full-time NHLer during the 2010-11 campaign.

  1. ibieiniid - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    “Sometimes when I’m down and I feel I need a little boost”

    here’s your boost: your down season comes immediately after you get locked down for four more years and more money than most people will see in their lives.

  2. tone360 - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    He’ll turn it around. Come playoff time he”ll be clutch.

    • joey4id - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      If the AVs meet the Hawks in the first round they are going to need Bickell’s offensive contribution. Otherwise the AVs will beat the Hawks.

      • imleftcoast - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        The Alain Vigneaults?

      • joey4id - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:32 PM


    • sneakers10 - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      You don’t think 4mill/yr a little much for part time help. Got rid of Pirri who had better numbers for a lt less money. REALLY!!!

  3. mgp1219 - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Flash in the pan is all he is… or was.

  4. hockeyornothing - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    People are brutal! He’s not the first hockey player to sign a nice contract and then hit a bump Obviously Keith felt the motivational guy was worth enough to thank. And the Hawks are smart to keep the doc on board. Seems to be working By the way why not just kick him while you’re at it?


    • slysipops - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Chicago isn’t alone in employing this kind of medical staff. Vancouver used to work with noted sports psychologist Bruno Demichelis, known for his time with European soccer powerhouses A.C. Milan and Chelsea…………….. sad when it takes this to get millinaires to do what they get paid the big bucks to do ! maybe the doctors could just hipnotize any players into being of superstar status and thusly build teams that never loose ?

  5. suckit619 - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    As long as he comes through in the playoffs like last year then that’s all that matters. Because if you look at last season, he didn’t exactly have a great regular season either. He came on in the playoffs. The Hawks are just coasting until the playoffs and then they’ll hit the switch and beat all of the regular season warriors (ie. St. Louis and Colorado)

  6. imleftcoast - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    “Alex Burrows, Dr. Gary on line 1.”

  7. slysipops - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    knowing in your own mind that you were good enough to get resigned to a good contract should be all the motivation a person needs. what ‘s on youtube or what dr. gary or phil or oz or oprah says shouldn’t be needed.are people so mentally weak in these days ?sure it’s great to get a pat on the back now and then , but what would a combat soldier do faced with a life or death situation, call dr. phil ….or do a gut check and act it out according to what he knows is right?

    • ibieiniid - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      seriously though…. people really need to stop comparing athletes to servicemen.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        that is, unless you like to watch televised wars. what would playoffs be?

      • slysipops - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        the only comparison was someone being able to think for themself in pressure situations . of course i wouldn’t compare sport figures to soldiers !

    • ibieiniid - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      no problem slysipops. only reason i even said anything was… well…. go two stories before this one (the Chiasson one). you were a victim of timing lol.

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