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Catching up with... Bryan Bickell

08/02/2011 1:00 AM

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How have the Blackhawks been spending their offseason? recently sat down with your favorite players to see how their summer has gone so far and discuss some of their aspirations for the 2011-12 NHL campaign. caught up with winger Bryan Bickell, who tallied 37 points (17G, 20A) in his first full NHL campaign, and added 4 points (2G, 2A) in five playoff games last season.

What did you do this summer?
I’ve been fishing a lot, working out, and just relaxing and having fun with my family and friends.

Have you been travelling?
Not yet, but I’ve got a vacation coming up. We’re going to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

What’s your favorite offseason hobby?

Have you been keeping in touch with any of your teammates?
Yeah, I saw Crawford at my first golf tournament; he came down to support me, so I saw him. I kept in touch with some other guys as well, but mostly Crawford.

Where was your golf tournament?
It was in Black Diamond, near my hometown.

Have you been working on any hockey skills?
I haven’t really skated yet. I’ll be back on the ice in August, so nothing as far as skills go yet, but hopefully soon.

Do you have any personal goals for the upcoming season?
To make it further in the playoffs, but that’s for the team. Personally, I just want to try to match what I did last year. I think that last year was a big year for me, so to match or improve it would be good.