Chicago Blackhawks third year player Bryan Bickell announced on Tuesday that he will be heading overseas to play during the NHL lockout. Per CSN Chicago, Bickell will play in Austria. Bickell is the second member of the Blackhawks to decide to head to Europe while the lockout drags on. In September, Michael Frolik announced that he would head to the Czech Republic to play for HC Chomutov.
In 71 games for Chicago last season, Bickell tallied nine goals and seven assists. He has yet to reveal which team he will play for in Austria, or what the terms of his contract are. Bickell is currently in the final year of his deal with the Blackhawks, and may have played his final game in Chicago if the entire 2012-2013 season is lost.
The last 24 hours has seen a number of player decide to go overseas, including Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche and Corey Potter of the Edmonton Oilers.