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Ed Olczyk      

Former Professional Hockey Player & Former Head Coach for Pittsburg Penguins; 2012 NHL Hall of Fame Inductee

Ed Olczyk is a former professional hockey player and was a center in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins. He was also the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguines from June 2003 to December 2005.

Olczyk was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, first round, third overall. He won a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1993-94. After playing 1,031 NHL games and producing a total of 794 points between 1984-2000, he was inducted into the Univted States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

Beginning with the 2006-07 NHL season, Olczyk is the game analyst for the Chicago Blackhawks television broadcasts, partnering play-by-play announcer Pat Foley. Olczyk is also the lead game analyst for NHL on NBC and the NHL on NBC Sports Network. He was also the lead game analyst for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Men's Ice Hockey where he partners with Mike "Doc" Emrick.

Olczyk has received a number of awards in addition to his Hall of Fame induction, including the 2016 Ring Lardner Award for broadcasting, an Emmy in 2009 for "Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence On Camera: Programming,” and an Emmy in 2012 Emmy for "Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs - Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited Program/Special."

In August 2017, Olczyk announced he had been diagnosed with a form of colon cancer, but he underwent a surgical procedure to remove the tumor and in March 2018 announced he was officially "cancer-free."


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