Congrats to Eddie Olczyk the newest member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame!
Eddie Olczyk along with Mike Modano, and Lou Lamoriello were elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame today. Many new fans of the Chicago Blackhawks recognize Olczyk as one of the TV announcers of the Blackhawks and NBC’s NHL coverage, and although he’s the best color guy in the business his career was much greater than his work on TV.
Growing up in the south suburbs it’s great to see a local kid have such great success. As a kid it’s always a bigger deal rooting for someone that grew up near you that made it to the Big leagues, as Olczyk grew up a couple burbs away in Palos Heights. Olczyk was drafted by the Blackhawks in 1984 after he played for the USA in the Olympics in that same year.
He made it to the NHL with the Blackhawks in 1984 scoring 20 goals his first season and ending with 50 points his rookie campaign. He scored 77 career goals with the Blackhawks jersey on before being traded in 1987. He ended up playing 16 NHL seasons with 6 different teams ending with 342 career goals 452 assists and 794 points. He got his name on the Stanley Cup for being part of the 1994 NY Rangers.
Olczyk was the coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins for two seasons (2003-2005) after his playing days were over, and later became the color commentator joining Pat Foley for Blackhawks games since 2006. Olczyk career has come full circle with the Chicago Blackhawks franchise.
It’s great to see a local kid continue to be great and to be honored with election to the US Hockey Hall of Fame!!!