Push To Send Bickell To All-Star Tourney Emerges

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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - OCTOBER 13: Klas Dahlbeck #6, Viktor Stalberg #25, Bryan Bickell #29 and Jordan Staal #11of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate Staal's goal against the Winnipeg Jets during NHL action on October 22, 2016 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)

by Scott King

A social media push to send former Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell to the 2017 NHL All-Star tournament in LA is brewing.

Last year, hockey fans voted now retired enforcer John Scott into All-Star weekend as a gag, but the 6’8 enforcer had the last laugh after scoring a pair of goals and being named MVP of the tournament.

Bickell fits this year’s requirements as he was on an active NHL roster as of November 1. The 30-year-old forward was added to the Carolina Hurricane’s injured reserve list on November 10 after it was announced Bickell was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Fans are urging supporters to use the hashtag #VoteBickell on Twitter.  The NHL is allowing fans to write in the names of players not listed on the voting site.

Bickell was a part of the last three Blackhawks championship teams (2010, 2013, 2015). The winger got his name on the team’s last two Stanley Cups and even earned consideration for the 2013 Conn Smythe award given to the best playoff performer. Patrick Kane wound up winning the hardware.

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