All Time Blackhawks

Throwback Thursday: Eddie Olczyk

By Josh Brink
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Chicago Blackhawks Center Eddie Olczyk (Courtesy of nbcsports.com)

When Eddie Olczyk made his debut for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1984 he got off to a great start to his long 16 year career. He was able to score 180 points (65G, 115A) in 228 games during his first stint of his career with them. However Eddie Olczyk along with Al Secord were sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Rick Vaive, Steve Thomas, and Bob McGill on September 3, 1987. He went on to play for the following teams over these following years: Toronto Maple Leafs (1987-1991), Winnipeg Jets (1991-1992, 1995-96), New York Rangers (1992-1995), Los Angeles Kings (1996) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1996-1998).

Before the beginning of the 1998 season Eddie Olczyk signed with the Chicago Blackhawks where he spent his final 2 seasons of his career in the NHL as a player. He played in 94 regular season games during those 2 years and put up 12G and 17A before retiring in 2000. He did reenter the NHL as a head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2003-2005. In 2012 Olczyk was inducted into the US Mens Hockey Hall of Fame for the great contributions he made to the game as a player for 16+ years.

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