On Wednesday, October 18th, longtime great Eddie Olczyk was back in the booth to help Doc Emrick with the Blackhawks and Blues game last Wednesday night. After starting chemotherapy to combat colon cancer, Olczyk had been missing from the booth.
Olczyk is currently going through biweekly chemotherapy sessions and won’t be able to return to broadcasting full time, but this was a welcome distraction to that. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Olczyk said, “You want normalcy in your life for as much as you can for the battle you’re going through.” He then added on that his doctors are really only concerned that he feels up to what he does and gets the needed rest.
For those who might not know, Olcyzk was diagnosed early last August, right before his 61st birthday. He was picked third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1984 NHL Draft and played for the Blackhawks from 1984-1987 and 1998-2000. Starting in the 2006-2007 season, he was the in-game analyst for Blackhawk games on Sportsnet Chicago.
We wish you luck with your treatments, Eddie! I think I speak for all of us when I say we’ve missed hearing you during Blackhawks games. All of us over here at Puck It Up can’t wait for you to return for good!