The Chicago Blackhawks have just made a very sad announcement.
According to an official press release, former 1984 first round draft pick Eddie Olczyk has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Also according to the official release, Olczyk has undergone a surgical procedure to remove the tumor.
Olczyk has released the following statement:
I have been diagnosed with a form of colon cancer and am currently undergoing treatment for the disease. I have been working with outstanding health care professionals and expect to be back in the broadcast booth after I complete my treatment. Having the support and encouragement from my family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, NBC Sports and all my friends and fans means the world to me and will give me continued strength to beat this. My family and I appreciate privacy during this time as we focus our attention on my treatments.
The Blackhawks release the following official statement:
Eddie Olczyk is a treasured member of the Chicago Blackhawks family and we will be supportive of him as he fights this disease. We encourage our fans to keep him in their thoughts as we all look forward to having him back in good health as soon as possible.
We hope Olczyk will make both a full and speedy recovery.