All Time Blackhawks

5 Best August-Born Players in Chicago Blackhawks’ History

By Tony Gianares
18 Apr 1998: Right wing Tony Amonte of the Chicago Blackhawks in action during a game against the Dallas Stars at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The Stars defeated the Blackhawks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
18 Apr 1998: Right wing Tony Amonte of the Chicago Blackhawks in action during a game against the Dallas Stars at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The Stars defeated the Blackhawks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport /
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15 Feb 1999: Ed Olczyk #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates behind the goal box during the game against the Ottawa Senators at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The Senators defeated the Blackhawks 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport
15 Feb 1999: Ed Olczyk #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates behind the goal box during the game against the Ottawa Senators at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The Senators defeated the Blackhawks 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport /

4. Eddie Olczyk — 8/16/66

I like to call Eddie Olczyk the People’s Champ, and it’s especially true around the Chicagoland area. Chicago Blackhawks’ fans love Edzo and with good reason.

Olczyk was drafted 3rd overall by the Blackhawks in the 1984 NHL Draft and would go on to have a great career.

His first stint with the Blackhawks would last just 3 seasons. In that short, but sweet, time, he would post 129 points (49G, 80A) with a 14 ± in 149 games. That would equate to a .866 point per game rate.

Olcyzk was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1987 and he would play there for 4 seasons.

After that, he would go on to play for the Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings,  and Pittsburgh Penguins before returning to Sweet Home Chicago.

After two more seasons with the Blackhawks, he would call it quits. His final stat line with the Blackhawks is 209 points (77G, 132A) with a 0 ± rating in 322 games.

Olczyk would also have an unsuccessful two-season stint as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ head coach.

He is currently a color analyst for the Chicago Blackhawks alongside the legendary Pat Foley.

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