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.
"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.