Hurricanes coach Bill Peters inadvertently made the story better by being absent-minded a day earlier. Carolina went to a shootout at home against St. Louis on Saturday, but Peters missed the chance to put Bickell on the ice. Peters felt bad when a reporter brought it up postgame.
“Usually I’m a little keener in that situation,” he told reporters Sunday. “We talked about it in the flight (from Raleigh to Philadelphia on Saturday), Ronnie (Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis) and I, and I said if it happens (Sunday) I said I’m putting him in and he said one (first shooter), no questions asked. It was good.”
Those teammates had surprised Bickell on Saturday morning by joining him at an MS walk in Raleigh, N.C. The organization made Bickell Strong T-shirts for that night’s game, Bickell was a member of the Hurricanes for just this season after playing his first nine NHL seasons with the Blackhawks.
“We’re a hockey community. MS is everywhere. You can see the support here,” he told reporters.
The Flyers community added its support. Bickell received a standing ovation during a first-period stoppage at the Wells Fargo Center.
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