After an M.S. Diagnosis, an Emotional Return to the N.H.L. Ice
ST. PAUL — Fourth-line forwards like Bryan Bickell rarely draw much attention unless they mess up, especially on a night with so much pomp.
In a pregame ceremony, the Minnesota Wild honored the veteran Eric Staal before he participated in his 1,000th N.H.L. game. Then Staal started against the Carolina Hurricanes, his former team, whose lineup included his brother Jordan. So Bickell’s first shift for visiting Carolina went largely unnoticed.
But when Bickell, a journeyman left wi...