Former NHL forward Olczyk diagnosed with colon cancer

NBC Analyst Former Blackhawk Eddie Olczyk Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

NBC Analyst Former Blackhawk Eddie Olczyk Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

Eddie Olczyk, a retired hockey player, TV color commentator for hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks and lead analyst for NBC hockey broadcasts and a frequent contributor to horse racing broadcasts on the NBC family of networks, is being treated for colon cancer, he announced Tuesday.

The Blackhawks team physician said Olczyk had a procedure to remove a tumor, is recovering well, and will receive further treatment, including chemotherapy.

"Eddie O" now works as a TV analyst for national broadcasts on NBC and Blackhawks games with Pat Foley on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN. He also thanked his family, the Blackhawks, NBC Sports and his friends and fans for their support.

"I have been working with outstanding health care professionals and expect to be back in the broadcast booth after I complete my treatment", Olczyk said in a statement released on Twitter.

A Chicago native, Olczyk was drafted by his hometown team with the third overall pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.

"Eddie Olczyk is a treasured member of the Chicago Blackhawks family and we will be supportive of him as he fights this disease", Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonagh said. He won a Stanley Cup with the 1994 New York Rangers.

Olczyk also spent time behind the bench, serving as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins twice, in the 2003-04 season and again in the 2005-06 campaign. "We look forward to his return to good health after the completion of his treatment".

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