Eddie Olczyk

Eddie grew up in Palos Heights and began high school hockey as a freshman at Brother Rice in 1980. After two years of Crusader hockey Eddie moved to Canada to play for the Stratford Cullitons junior team before joining the U.S. Olympic hockey team. The youngest U.S. player  at age 17, he competed in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo where he score 9 points in 6 games. The Chicago Blackhawks selected him third overall in the 1984 NHL entry draft. In addition to the Blackhawks, he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets, the L.A. Kings, the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the New York Rangers where he was a member of the 1994 Stanley Cup club. During his 16-year NHL career, he played in 1,031 regular season games in which he scored 342 goals with 452 assists for a total of 794 points. He appeared in 57 playoff games in which he scored 19 goals and recorded 15 assists. In 2003 he became the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins where he remained until 2005. Beginning with the 2006-2007 season, he became the game analyst for the Chicago Blackhawks television broadcast. He has since become the lead game analyst for the NHL on NBC and the National Hockey League on Versus. In February of 2010 he was the game analyst on NBC for men’s hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. His younger brother Rick attended Brother Rice High School as well and is now the assistant general manager for the Edmonton Oilers. Eddie lives in the Chicago area with his wife and four children.