Ed Olczyk
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Teams Chicago Blackhawks
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born August 16 1966 (1966-08-16) (age 51),
Palos Heights, IL, USA
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 1984
Chicago Blackhawks
Pro Career 1984 – 2000

Edward Walter "Eddie" Olczyk (born August 16, 1966, Palos Heights, Illinois, U.S.) is an American former head coach of the National Hockey League Pittsburgh Penguins and former centre with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins. He currently serves as the color commentator for the Chicago Blackhawks, in addition to calling games for NBC Sports and the The NHL on Versus. He played 1,031 NHL games and scored 342 goals and 452 assists for a total of 794 points between 1984 and 2000.

Playing careerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

Olczyk grew up in Palos Heights, Illinois where he was a star on the Illinois midget team that won the 1982 national title against a Detroit Compuware squad that featured future NHL stars Pat LaFontaine and Al Iafrate. He then moved to Canada to play for the Stratford Cullitons junior team before joining the United States Olympic hockey team.

Professional careerEdit

Olczyk was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, first round, third overall. Olczyk was traded a number of times during his career. In 1987, he was traded to Toronto by Chicago with Al Secord for Rick Vaive, Steve Thomas and Bob McGill. He spent his entire career with Chicago Blackhawks.

Post-playing careerEdit

Over the years, he has worked as a color commentator for ABC/ESPN, and NBC broadcasts of the NHL along with Mike Emrick. Olczyk is also the lead game analyst for The NHL on NBC, color analyst on The NHL on Versus along with Mike Emrick and Joe Micheletti.

On May 5, 2014, EA Sports announced that Olczyk will provide color commentary for NHL 15 alongside play-by-play commentator Mike Emrick and ice level analyst Joe Micheletti.

Personal lifeEdit

Olczyk has two children playing Junior A hockey in the USHL: Eddie plays for the Waterloo Black Hawks in Waterloo, Iowa and Tom, who plays for the Sioux City Musketeers. His younger brother Rick Olczyk is a former hockey player for Brown University and is currently an assistant general manager of the Edmonton Oilers.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85Chicago Black HawksNHL702030506715651111
1985–86Chicago Black HawksNHL792950794730000
1986–87Chicago BlackhawksNHL7916355111941124
1987–88Toronto Maple LeafsNHL804233755565492
1988–89Toronto Maple LeafsNHL8038529075
1989–90Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7932568878512314
1990–91Toronto Maple LeafsNHL184101413
1990–91Winnipeg JetsNHL6126315769
1991–92Winnipeg JetsNHL643233656762134
1992–93Winnipeg JetsNHL258122026
1992–93New York RangersNHL4613162926
1993–94New York RangersNHL373582810000
1994–95New York RangersNHL202134
1994–95Winnipeg JetsNHL1328108
1995–96Winnipeg JetsNHL512722496561236
1996–97Los Angeles KingsNHL6721234445
1996–97Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL1247116510112
1997–98Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL561111223562024
1998–99Chicago BlackhawksNHL6110152529
1998–99Chicago WolvesIHL72246
1999–00Chicago BlackhawksNHL3322412
NHL totals 1031 342 452 794 874 57 19 15 34 57

International Record for Team USAEdit

1987 (seventh place), 1989 (sixth place), 1993 (sixth place)

External links Edit

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