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Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell signs in Europe

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.