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Throughout the 2019-20 season, NBC Sports Chicago will be unveiling its Blackhawks All-Decade Team. The roster will feature the 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and two goaltenders that made the biggest impact on the franchise from the 2010 through 2019 seasons.

384 games in nine seasons, two Stanley Cup titles, nearly a Conn Smythe trophy in 2013 and 17 seconds we'll never forget.

Bryan Bickell's tenure with the Blackhawks was impressive and the second half of it was like a movie. The Hawks selected Bickell in the second round of the 2004 NHL Draft at No. 41 overall.

The 6-foot-4 forward had hands and played big. Bickell could score big goals and deliver big hits. The Bowmanville, Ontario native was usually focused on getting to the net to help provide offense, but he wasn't shy to drop the gloves when things got hairy.

Bickell had 135 regular season points (65 goals, 70 assists) and 39 (20 goals, 19 assists) in the postseason with Chicago before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on June 15, 2016 along with Teuvo Teravainen for draft picks in a salary cap move. 

He raised the Stanley Cup twice (2013, 2015), but also earned a ring in 2010, factoring into three games against the Nashville Predators in the first round and one against the Vancouver Canucks in the second. Bickell picked up an assist in hist first NHL playoff game (April 22, 2010 at Nashville). 

The winger set up the most memorable timeframe in Blackhawks history at Boston for Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final when, off a pass from Jonathan Toews, he scored from in front of the crease with 1:16 remaining in regulation to make it 2-2. Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds later and the rest is sweet, sweet history.

 

Bickell finished the 2013 playoffs with 17 points (nine goals, eight assists), only two fewer than Patrick Kane, who took home the postseason MVP hardware. 

While with the Hurricanes, Bickell announced he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November 2016. 

He played his final NHL game with Carolina on April 9, 2017 before signing a one-day contract with Chicago on Oct. 4 later that year to retire a Blackhawk. 

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