Bryan Bickell brings message of perseverance at Mount Prospect school

  • Former Chicago Blackhawks player Bryan Bickell, left, and his wife Amanda pose with Fairview Elementary School fourth grader Evan Mantas, who won a raffle prize at an assembly Friday.

    Former Chicago Blackhawks player Bryan Bickell, left, and his wife Amanda pose with Fairview Elementary School fourth grader Evan Mantas, who won a raffle prize at an assembly Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Students in teacher Kelly Quinlan's class at Fairview Elementary School celebrate Friday after hearing they won a Stanley Cup poster during an assembly with former Chicago Blackhawks player Bryan Bickell.

    Students in teacher Kelly Quinlan's class at Fairview Elementary School celebrate Friday after hearing they won a Stanley Cup poster during an assembly with former Chicago Blackhawks player Bryan Bickell. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Blackhawks alumnus Bryan Bickell talks to students Friday at Fairview Elementary School in Mount Prospect about being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and how he's battled the disease.

    Chicago Blackhawks alumnus Bryan Bickell talks to students Friday at Fairview Elementary School in Mount Prospect about being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and how he's battled the disease. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Former Chicago Blackhawks player Bryan Bickell greets students following an assembly Friday at Fairview Elementary School in Mount Prospect.

    Former Chicago Blackhawks player Bryan Bickell greets students following an assembly Friday at Fairview Elementary School in Mount Prospect. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 2/23/2018 5:31 PM

Former Chicago Blackhawks player Bryan Bickell talked to students in Mount Prospect Friday about challenges he's faced -- including his battle with multiple sclerosis -- and how he's been able to persevere.

Bickell, part of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship teams in 2013 and 2015, was joined by his wife Amanda at an assembly at Fairview Elementary School. Students there have been collecting money for the Bryan & Amanda Bickell Foundation, which encourages adoption of pit bulls.

 

Bickell played 11 years professionally until he retired last year after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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