NHL Analyst Ed Olczyk Works First Game Since Beginning Cancer Treatment, Gets Standing O From Blues Fans (VIDEOS)
Eddie Olczyk, NBC’s lead in-game hockey analyst, was diagnosed with colon cancer on August 8. One week later he had surgery to remove part of his colon, and a few weeks after that he began a 24-week series of chemotherapy treatments.
The chemo treatments are gruelling. They last 48 hours and take days to recover from. That’s why is was pretty damn amazing that Olczyk returned to the NBCSN booth on Wednesday.
Olczyk, a Chicago native who also serves as the color analyst for Chicago Blackhawks broadcasts, was in St. Louis along with Doc Emrick to call NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry game between the Hawks and Blues. Prior to the game Emrick took a moment to welcome Olczyk back to the booth, and Olczyk talked about how he’s spent his whole life fighting against the odds.
“When I’m feeling good, Doc, I want to be next to you.”
It’s so good to see you, Eddie. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZTvndyHXeG
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) October 18, 2017
In another pre-game segment, Olczyk said being back in the booth was the best medicine he’s had yet, then thanked everybody who has sent him well wishes.
And later, during a break in the action, the Blues PA announcer called fans’ attention to Olczyk in the booth, and the fans in St. Louis gave Olczyk—who, again, spends half his time calling games for the arch rival Blackhawks—a standing ovation.
That was a pretty special moment.
Get well soon, Eddie.
Hat Tip – [Awful Announcing]