The Chicago Blackhawks will honor NBC analyst and former Blackhawks player Eddie Olczyk with “One More Shift” prior to the team’s game against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday evening.
Olczyk battled Stage 3 colon cancer last season and recently announced that he’s officially “cancer free” after undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatments for several months. As it turns out, Sunday just happens to be the NHL’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” night. How perfect is that?
The Blackhawks’ “One More Shift” program, for those unaware, is in place to honor former players and give them a proper send off at the United Center in downtown Chicago. Recent Blackhawks alumni to earn the recognition have been Bryan Bickell, Ed Belfour and Jeremy Roenick.
Olczyk played five seasons with his hometown Blackahwks, scoring 209 points (77 goals, 132 assists) in 322 games. In his 16-year NHL career, he recorded 794 points in 1,031 games with the Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins. He won the Stanley Cup in 1994 with the Rangers and was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in October 2012.