Chicago Cubs: Bryan Bickell

Blackhawks get their cuts in at Wrigley

June, 6, 2014
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- It took a few days but the Chicago Blackhawks came out of hibernation to take some batting practice at Wrigley Field after their crushing Game 7 overtime defeat to the Los Angeles Kings last Sunday in the Western Conference Finals.

Patrick Sharp, Bryan Bickell, Michael Handzus and Sheldon Brookbank shagged fly balls during batting practice and took some swings themselves before the Cubs played the Miami Marlins on Friday.

"Hit a couple to the warning track," Sharp said. "Thought I could hit one out, wind must be blowing in."

The Hawks know they've raised the bar in the city -- something the Cubs are trying to do -- and getting to a conference final is no longer good enough. They're fine with those kinds of high expectations. Now they just have to keep meeting them.

"Mentally you're pretty down," Bickell said. "You want to go to the finals and win the Cup again."

Initially Sharp wasn't sure if he'd watch the finals between the Kings and New York Rangers, but he didn't miss Game 1 on Wednesday.

"It was tough to watch," he said. "It's painful to watch, but I love the game and I'll be watching for sure."

Sharp reiterated his intention to keep quiet about any injuries.

"I said at the end of the season everyone has something going on at this time of year," he said. "To bring that kind of stuff up sounds like I'm making excuses."

So for now the Hawks will lick their wounds coming off a long season, but they vow to return and finish business as they did in 2010 and 2013.

"For the team we had, we were expecting to win this year," Bickell said. "We just fell short against those Kings."

Wrigley Field braces for Stanley Cup

July, 5, 2013
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field is the next stop for the Chicago Blackhawks on their championship celebration tour. The Stanley Cup will be on display as part of the Chicago Cubs' pregame ceremonies Saturday at Wrigley.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesBryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at Wrigley Field on Friday.
On Friday, Blackhawks Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig took batting practice and shagged fly balls during batting practice before the Cubs opened a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bickell, Bollig and Patrick Sharp were scheduled to be guest conductors for Friday's seventh-inning stretch.

Bickell is recovering from left thumb surgery. He scored the tying goal with 1:16 remaining in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins, a game the Hawks won to claim the Cup.

"I tore the tendon in my thumb and had surgery," he said after going through drills with the Cubs. "I was able to get a couple of hits with it, but maybe in the future I will take some swings again."

Bollig just missed hitting one out during his batting session.

Bickell played some baseball growing up.

"Hey, that was fun then, but to see what these guys can do and what work they do is another level altogether," he said.

Bickell, whose Hawks won their second Stanley Cup in the past four seasons, understands what winning a championship does for a fan base and hopes some of the Hawks' magic rubs off on the Cubs.

"We had a period where we were rebuilding, and I think they are at a point where they are doing the same thing," he said. "It is a (process) where you have to trust and be patient. You need to trust your management and scouting staff. We waited and waited, and now we are doing [great] and very happy about it."

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