Eddie Olczyk Bio
Eddie Olczyk is an American professional ice hockey analyst, former player, and coach. Eddie Olczyk was a center in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Eddie Olczyk was also the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2003 June to 2005 December.
Eddie currently serves as a television color commentator for NHL on NBC and Chicago Blackhawks games on NBC Sports Chicago and WGN-TV. Eddie played 1,031 NHL games and produced 342 goals and 452 assists for a total of 794 points between 1984 and 2000. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on February 22, 2013.
Eddie Olczyk Age
Edward Walter Olczyk Jr. was born on August 16, 1966, in Chicago, Illinois, the U.S. He will be turning 53 years old come 16th August this year 2019.
Eddie Olczyk Family
Eddie Olczyk was born on August 16, 1966, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. However, we are unknown to the identity of his parents. He has one brother Rick Olczyk, who is also involved in the hockey profession. Currently, Rick is an assistant general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes. As regards, Eddie’s childhood he was raised in Niles, Illinois and Palos Heights, Illinois.
Despite Eddie’s popularity on media and news, he is very private regarding his personal life.
Eddie Olczyk Wife
The relationship of Eddie Olczyk with his wife, Diana Olczyk is quite interesting. The couple had first met on a flight. Eddie Olczyk has a high-flying career.
Diana Olczyk is married to Eddie Olczyk, an American former professional hockey player. The couple is blessed with four children namely Nick, Eddie, Zandra, and Tom Olczyk. All of her sons are involves in hockey as Nick and Tom are currently playing professional hockey and Eddie is a former player who currently is an assistant coach for Niagara Purple Eagles.
Diana might be the only lucky mother whose children and her husband are hockey players. And as of now, she has been very secretive about her personal life. Furthermore, there is not any news about her affairs and relationship other than with her husband.
Eddie Olczyk Children
Their elder son Eddie, who was born in 1989, worked as an assistant coach at Niagara University. Tommy (born in 1990) plays a senior forward for Penn State. Meanwhile, their youngest son Nick (born in 1996) represented the U.S. Premier Hockey League for the South Shore Kings.
In 2016, Nick joined Colorado College and got his name carved in the college NHL rosters. Nick affirms that NHL is in their family blood and labels that they have a ‘plaque’ when it comes to hockey. His elder sister, Alexandra (born in 1995), is pursuing her higher education at the University of Alabama.
Eddie Olczyk Early Professional Life and Career
Eddie started his professional career at a very early age. Earlier in his career, he played for Team Illinois in 1982. Prior to his professional career, he also played for Stratford Cullitons in Canada.
In 1984, Eddie joined the U.S Olympic hockey team which was a great achievement in his professional life. And at the same time, he was bought by Chicago Blackhawks in NHL. Consequently, he played for various franchises including, Toronto Maple Leaf, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Chicago Wolves until 2000 when he retired from his professional career.
After retirement, he has chosen his profession as a color
analyst. He initially worked for Penguins on FSN Pittsburgh. He has been noted for his commentary on Winter Olympics, NHL, and various other hockey matches.
Other than his interest in hockey, he has also made some appearances as a commentator in the horse races. Furthermore, he has also served as a head coach of Pittsburgh Penguins in 2003.
Currently, Eddie is the color analyst for Chicago Blackhawks and color commentator for the National Hockey league on NBC.
Eddie Olczyk Hall of Fame
Beloved Chicago Blackhawks player and announcer Eddie Olczyk has been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. He had a 16-year NHL career and served as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Chicago Blackhawks fell short of their goal of winning the Stanley Cup, but there is at least one thing this offseason for fans to feel great about. Former Blackhawks player and current color commentator for the team Eddie Olczyk has been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Olczyk was drafted by the Blackhawks as the third overall pick in the 1984 NHL Draft and played in Chicago until 1987. In his playing career, he also skated for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins. He also served as the head coach of the Penguins for two seasons and played as part of Team USA in the 1984 Winter Olympics.
In his playing career as a center, Olczyk appeared in 794 games and scored 342 goals.
Eddie Olczyk Health
On August 8, 2017, Olczyk issued a statement through the Blackhawks to announce that he had been diagnosed with a form of colon cancer. He underwent a surgical procedure to remove the tumor. In March 2018 Olczyk announced he was officially “cancer-free”.
Eddie Olczyk Colon Cancer
The Blackhawks announced Tuesday afternoon broadcaster Eddie Olczyk has been diagnosed with colon cancer. The 50-year-old serves as the color analyst for Blackhawks games on CSN as well as NHL on NBC and was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Eddie Olczyk Salary and Net Worth
At 53 Eddie Olczyk summons the prominent part of the net worth from his career as an American head coach and former professional hockey player. As per work.chron.com, the average salary of the NHL player was a whopping $2.4 million.
After retiring from NHL, Eddie served as a head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2003 to 2005. According to indeed.com, a head coach in the United States earns an average salary of $15.71 per hour. The Chicago native also once reportedly won a half-million dollars betting on horse racing.
As of now, we are unknown to the details regarding Eddie’s salary and net worth. However, we can assume that he must have an enormous amount of wealth under his name which he gained from his successful professional career.
Eddie Olczyk Award and Achievements
The Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Blackhawk Foundation are proud to present an award named after U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Eddie Olczyk to support young hockey players and teams in Illinois who may not have the means to play at a competitive level.
Since its inception in 2011, the Eddie Olczyk Award has distributed more than $450,000 in grants to 212 individuals and eight organizations.
As the head instructor at the Blackhawks Hockey Camps, Olczyk is dedicated to the development and growth of youth hockey in Illinois.
The Eddie Olczyk Award assists:
Individuals/families in need of assistance for participation in an Illinois sanctioned team or organization.
Sanctioned teams in need of assistance for tournament expenses.
Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) organizations in need of assistance to run programs that increase the participation in and quality of youth hockey.