Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | April 1, 2012

Man of the Day 3/31: Bryan Bickell

Bryan Bickell

Born March 9, 1986 (age 26) in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

Left winger for the Chicago Blackhawks

Say hello to the latest Blackhawk on Twitter (you can thank Brandon Bollig for that)! Bicks’ midget days were spent with a team connected to the Toronto Maple Leafs before moving along to the Toronto Red Wings. In fact, when they won the All-Ontario championship, he was teammates with future teammate Dave Bolland! The Ottawa 67’s took him in the 2002 OHL Priority Draft, and two years later the Chicago Blackhawks picked him in the NHL Draft. When his time in juniors was over, he signed a three-year deal with the Hawks.

Look at that smile, he should start a club with Danny Carcillo!

He spent much of his first season (2006-07) with the Norfolk Admirals, who were the Hawks’ AHL team at the time, and was first called to the big time at the end of that season; he scored his first NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings on April 5, 2007. When the Hawks switched AHL teams for the Rockford IceHogs, Bicks went there, only playing four games with the Hawks in the 2007-08 season. While the next season was quiet, that 2009-10 season wasn’t, and Bicks played 16 regular and 4 playoff games with the Hawks. Unfortunately, he didn’t play enough with the team to get his name on the Cup, although he was included in their team picture. Last year was his first full season on the roster, and this year he’s been on the checking line with Dave Bolland. He may not have the points he did last year, but when he scores, it’s all good.

Remember the Blackhawks' Christmas Sing-Along commercial? Are you wishing you hadn't now?

– Krista

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