All Time Blackhawks

Throwback Thursday: Eddie Olczyk

By Josh Brink
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Lou Vairo, head coach of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team, is surrounded by members of the Diaper Line, including Ed Olczyk (right), Pat Lafontaine (bottom right), David A. Jensen (bottom left) and defenseman Al Iafrate. (Courtesy of usahockeymagazine.com)

Eddie Olczyk was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1st round (3rd overall) during the 1984 NHL Entry draft. At the young age of 18 the Chicago Blackhawks had gone with the Chicago, IL native who had a good hockey frame standing at 6’-1” and weighing 207 lbs. The year before he was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks, he was playing in the 1984 Olympics hosted by Sarajevo, Yugoslavia as a 17 year old kid.

Due to the young age of players among the line that he played on, they were nicknamed the “Diaper Line” which consisted of Eddie Olczyk, Pat Lafontaine and Dave A. Jensen. The nickname was coined by US coach Lou Vairo but LaFontaine recalls the beginning of where it all started. “I remember that we were called the kid line until some of the guys in the locker room had some fun with it and then we somehow became the diaper line,” said LaFontaine. (Quote courtesy of usahockeymagazine.com) The trio is still known for being one of the most talented lines that was put together during the Olympics. While on the ice together in 1984, they accounted for more than half of the goals scored by Team USA.

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