Bryan Bickell picked up an assist from his Carolina Hurricanes teammates on Saturday in the fight against multiple sclerosis.
Hurricanes players, coaches and other members of the organization surprised Bickell, who announced his retirement on Saturday, by showing up and participating in the 2017 Walk MS outside PNC Arena prior to the morning skate.
The forward, who missed most of the season after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, clearly was emotional upon seeing his teammates at the walk. The Hurricanes, who will play their final home game of the season later Saturday against the St. Louis Blues, donned shirts for the walk that said "Bickell Brave" and had his No. 29 on the back.
Bickell, who has played in Carolina's past two games after missing more than five months, and six other members of the Hurricanes organization combined to raise more than $3,800 for MS research.
Bickell addressed the media after his first home game in more than five months against the New York Islanders on Thursday, and he shed some tears while discussing his future in hockey.