Chicago Blackhawks TV color analyst Eddie Olczyk, dealing with cancer treatment, made an emotional return to the broadcast boot Saturday
Earlier this year, Chicago Blackhawks color analyst and former player Eddie Olczyk was diagnosed with colon cancer. The disease forced him to take absence from the broadcasting booth, which is still ongoing due to his treatments.
However, he made a heartwarming visit Saturday night during the Blackhawks’ game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center.
It was great to see Eddie O’ back where he belongs: right alongside TV play-by-play announcer Pat Foley. Olczyk attended Saturday’s 5-1 win, where he was appraised with a standing ovation, and a special TV appearance. You can watch it below.
Olczyk, who is a beloved former Chicago Blackhawk, had a memorable NHL career while playing for six different teams. He scored 342 goals and 452 assists for a total of 794 points in 1,031 games. His presence on the ice was unforgettable for each team he played on. However, his personality in the booth with the Chicago Blackhawks has been more influential than the rest.
Olczyk has shown an unbelievable amount of love and support for the city of Chicago, as he’s helped open two charities — the Lace Up For Charity event, and his very own Youth Hockey Award that aids young hockey players’ financial situations.
Chicago not only owes the support to Edzo, but dishes it out to him with complete sincerity and love for the man who’s made watching hockey games since 2007 unforgettable. We all hope he has a speedy recovery and continues his tenure as the Blackhawks color analyst.
Good ol’ Eddie O seems to be looking very healthy during his brave fight, and we hope to see him in the broadcasting booth soon.
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