Carolina Hurricanes’ Bryan Bickell will play his first game in the NHL on Tuesday since being diagnosed with MS. (Chris Szagola/AP)Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell will make his return to the NHL Tuesday night, nearly five months after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After a couple weeks of practice and conditioning, the Bowmanville, Ont., native suited up with the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate in Charlotte on Feb. 25. Since returning to the ice, Bickell has a goal and three assists in 10 games.
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Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992, a 27 year old Mario Lemieux was diagnosed with cancer in January 1993 and began radiation treatments in February. Lemieux flew to Philadelphia immediately following his 22nd and final treatment to meet the team and played that very same night, picking up a goal and an assist. Lemieux flew to Philadelphia immediately following his 22nd and final treatment to meet the team and played that very same night, picking up a goal and an assist. As the Buffalo Sabres goalie dropped to his knees and blood streamed from his neck onto the ice, team trainer Jim Pizzutelli worked quickly and was able to stop the bleeding ultimately, along with doctors and paramedics, saving his life. Somehow, Zednik had the wherewithal to instinctively cover and apply pressure to the wound while he skated to the bench for help. That split second decision most likely saved his life, as he bought the few seconds necessary to make it to the hospital alive. Following seven eye surgeries and a year away from the game, Berard geared up for a comeback and returned to the league to start the 2001 02 season with the New York Rangers, where he posted 23 points while playing in all 82 games. After missing only a month, Kessel was back on the ice in January and finished his rookie campaign with 11 goals and 29 points. After missing only a month, Kessel was back on the ice in January and finished his rookie campaign with 11 goals and 29 points. Based on published information and the opinion of an oncologist at the time, Koivu had about a “50 50″ shot of surviving the first year following the diagnosis. The 38 year old quarterback of the New Orleans Saints is now working to raise awarenessabout the signs of exertional heat stroke, a significant cause of death in high school athletes, with”The Heat Factor” campaign. Brees who also caught up with in 2013 talked with about exertional heat stroke, the challenges of being a dad in the NFL (he has four kids) and why he doesn’t play basketball.
MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden in critical condition after road accident2006 MotoGP world champion and current World Superbikes Championship rider Nicky Hayden is reportedly in critical condition following a road accident on Wednesday in Italy. “I apologise for having to withdraw from my match with a left thigh injury,” Sharapova said in a statement. Defeat in Rome meant the 30 year old also missed out on a chance to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon, which she could have achieved by reaching the semi finals in the Italian capital.