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Born August 16, 1966 (1966-08-16) (age 43),
Palos Heights, IL, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
Pro clubs Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Winnipeg Jets
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
Pittsburgh Penguins
Ntl. team  United States
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 1984
Chicago Blackhawks
Career 1984 – 2000

Edward Walter "Eddie" Olczyk (born August 16, 1966, Palos Heights, Illinois, U.S.) is an American former head coach for the National Hockey League Pittsburgh Penguins and former center for 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 and the Versus. He played 1,031 NHL games and produced 342 goals and 452 assists for a total of 794 points between 1984 and 2000.

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Playing career

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Amateur career

Olczyk grew up in Palos Heights, Illinois and went to Brother Rice High School. 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 career

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 was traded again in 1990 to Winnipeg, with Mark Osborne for Dave Ellett and Paul Fenton. In 1992 he was traded for the third time in his career this time to the New York Rangers for Kris King and Tie Domi. Olczyk would miss most of 1993–94 season recovering from thumb injury suffered in game vs. Florida, on January 3, 1994, however he would recover to win the Stanley Cup with the team that season. In 1995 he would be traded once again. This time he would go back to Winnipeg by for their 5th round choice (who ended up being Alexei Vasiliev) in 1995 Entry Draft. After Signing as a free agent by Los Angeles in 1996, he wouldn't even finish the season there before being traded again, this time to Pittsburgh for Glen Murray. He would finish his career in Chicago.

Post-playing career

He returned to Pittsburgh to become the color analyst for the Penguins on FSN Pittsburgh. In 2003, he moved from the booth to the bench and served as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from June 11, 2003 until December 15, 2005. Despite adding marquee free-agents, the Penguins started the season with a disappointing 8–17–6 record, leading to Olczyk's dismissal on December 15. Beginning with the 2006–07 NHL season, Olczyk is the game analyst for the Chicago Blackhawks television broadcasts. Olczyk is also the lead game analyst for NHL on NBC, and a studio and color analyst on NHL on Versus.

Personal life

Olczyk has two children playing hockey: Eddie plays for the UMass Minutemen in Amherst, Massachusetts 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 for the Edmonton Oilers. Ed Olczyk is of Polish orgin.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 20 30 50 67 15 6 5 11 11
1985–86 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 79 29 50 79 47 3 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 16 35 51 119 4 1 1 2 4
1987–88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 42 33 75 55 6 5 4 9 2
1988–89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 38 52 90 75
1989–90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 32 56 88 78 5 1 2 3 14
1990–91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 4 10 14 13
1990–91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 61 26 31 57 69
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 64 32 33 65 67 6 2 1 3 4
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 25 8 12 20 26
1992–93 New York Rangers NHL 46 13 16 29 26
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 37 3 5 8 28 1 0 0 0 0
1994–95 New York Rangers NHL 20 2 1 3 4
1994–95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 13 2 8 10 8
1995–96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 51 27 22 49 65 6 1 2 3 6
1996–97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 67 21 23 44 45
1996–97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 4 7 11 6 5 1 0 1 12
1997–98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 56 11 11 22 35 6 2 0 2 4
1998–99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 10 15 25 29
1998–99 Chicago Wolves IHL 7 2 2 4 6
1999–00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 33 2 2 4 12
NHL totals 1031 342 452 794 874 57 19 15 34 57

Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
PIT 2003–04 82 23 47 8 4 58 5th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
PIT 2005–06 31 8 17 - 6 (58) 5th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
Total 113 31 64 8 10

International Record for Team USA

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

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