Ex-Hawk Eddie Olczyk named to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Twitter: @adamjahns July 11, 2012 3:36PM
Updated: July 11, 2012 4:02PM
Eddie Olczyk, a former Blackhawks forward and current television analyst for Comcast Sportsnet and NBC, is one of three inductees named to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Olczyk, one of the most notable hockey players from the Chicago area, is joined by former Dallas Stars standout Mike Modano and New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamiorello in the 2012 class. Olczyk grew up in Niles and later Palos Heights and attended Brother Rice High School.
“I’m humbled, honored and thankful to represent our game in the great United States,” Olczyk said during the conference call announcing the class. “It’s a very proud day for me and my family.”
Olczyk was drafted by the Hawks with the third pick in the 1984 draft after representing Team USA at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. In 16 NHL seasons — including parts of five with the Hawks — Olczyk tallied 342 goals and 794 points in 1,031 games.
Olczyk played with the Hawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins. He won the Stanley Cup in 1994 with the Rangers.
Now, he’s the top television analyst in hockey.
“I’m very proud and I’ve always tried to represent our game — whether it be as a player or as a broadcaster — to the highest and I’ve always let people know that I was from the great United States,” Olczyk said. “I’m just very humbled and very honored and I’m thankful for the people that helped me along the way, including Mike Modano and Mr. Lamoriello.”
The Hawks released a statement Wednesday congratulating Olczyk, who also coached the Penguins from 2003-05.
“Eddie’s positive impact is felt through the entire organization, starting from the youth hockey level all the way to our players, coaches and front office staff,” team president John McDonough said. “He is a great ambassador for the game of hockey and the city of Chicago. We couldn’t be more proud to have him as a member of our Blackhawks family and appreciate everything Eddie does for the club on a daily basis.”