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Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell signs in Europe

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Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell broke his own news when he tweeted late Tuesday that he's headed overseas to play in Austria during the work stoppage.

"Tomorrow is the day I bring my skills overseas. #Austria," he said on his @bbick29 account.

Bickell is the first Hawks player from North America to sign in Europe during the NHL's lockout of players. He will play for HC Znojmo, a Czech Republic-based team playing in the Austrian League, his agent told the Sun-Times on Wednesday. His contract is month-to-month.

Bickell joins teammates Michael Frolik and Michal Rozsival in signing in Europe. They both signed in the Czech Republic. Viktor Stalberg also is practicing with a team in Sweden.

Bickell has only one year remaining on his three-contract with a salary of $600,000. He had 24 points in 71 games last season for the Hawks.

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns



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