Bickell takes Cup omission in stride

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell took the omission of his name from the Stanley Cup in stride. Bickell was a contributor to the Hawks championship run last season but rules prevent him from getting his name engraved.

Asked if he was disappointed, Bickell said: "No, but yeah. There's rules behind it. You have to be up here a certain amount of time. It just makes you more hungry to get it again."

NHL rules state that a player has to play half the season -- 41 games -- or at least one game in the Stanley Cup Finals, for his name to go on the Cup.

Bickell played in only 16 regular season games but started the playoffs on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. He appeared in four postseason games.

"If it was on there, it would kind of be like a freebie," Bickell said. "To be here during the playoffs, I sure feel like I was part of the team and to play a couple of games … but hopefully we can bring it back again."

Bickell will get a Stanley Cup ring when the Hawks pass them out at a private ceremony on Wednesday night.