By Chris Emma–

CHICAGO (CBS) — With his former Blackhawks teammates standing along the blue line, Bryan Bickell emerged for a final skate around the United Center ice that was forced so soon.

Bickell retired with the Blackhawks on Wednesday at the age of 31, about 11 months after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Prior to their season opener against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins on Thursday, the Blackhawks honored Bickell with a special ceremony.

Bickell took the ice in the most memorable of the “One More Shift” ceremonies hosted by the Blackhawks. He skated around to loud cheers from the United Center crowd and embraced players as they watched him skate. Bickell then stood alongside Jonathan Toews for the national anthem.

Watch the ceremony, courtesy of NBC Sports Chicago:

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