Eddie Olczyk

Hawks Talk Podcast: Eddie Olczyk breaks down Stanley Cup Final and top priorities for Blackhawks offseason


Hawks Talk Podcast: Eddie Olczyk breaks down Stanley Cup Final and top priorities for Blackhawks offseason

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, NHL on NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk joins Pat Boyle to break down Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. Edzo explains how the Bruins turned the game around in the second period and how their young defensemen played a major role in their come from behind win.

Olczyk has not been surprised with how Joakim Nordstrom has performed since leaving the Blackhawks. Edzo tells us how the Blues have trailed this postseason before and what it will take for them to win the series.

Eddie also weighs in on Blackhawks goalie prospect Kevin Lankinen and his breakout performance at the World Championships, and gives us his top priority for the Blackhawks this offseason.

0:45 - Eddie Olczyk joins the show

1:25 - Edzo on Blues missed opportunity in Game 1

2:45 - Defense helping offense for Boston

4:35 - Bruins top line quiet or rusty?

6:45 - Joakim Nordstrom's career after Chicago

9:40 - How the Blues can win the series

11:40 - Who could Blackhawks jump in the Central Division next season?

16:45 - Kevin Lankinen's breakout at IIHF World Championship

18:45 - Blackhawks' top priority this offseason

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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Eddie Olczyk takes 'One More Shift' with Blackhawks on Sunday

Eddie Olczyk takes 'One More Shift' with Blackhawks on Sunday

Pregame at the United Center was extra special on Sunday night.

Ahead of their game against the Wild, the Blackhawks honored former Blackhawk and current television color analyst Eddie Olczyk with "One More Shift." Olczyk suited up in his Blackhawks uniform, skating around the United Center ice ahead of puck drop.

In addition to honoring Olczyk, the Blackhawks also hosted their "Hockey Fights Cancer" night, wearing special lavender-colored jerseys during warmups. Olczyk recently beat colon cancer, so the night surely was special for him as a whole.

The Blackhawks selected Olczyk, 52, third overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 77 goals across five seasons with the team (1984-87, 1998-00).

In the past, the Blackhawks have also honored Bryan Bickell, Ed Belfour, Steve Larmer, Jeremy Roenick, Ed Belfour and Troy Murray, among others, with "One More Shift."

Eddie Olczyk, Bobby Hull, Jeremy Roenick highlight former players at 2018 Blackhawks Convention

Eddie Olczyk, Bobby Hull, Jeremy Roenick highlight former players at 2018 Blackhawks Convention

The Blackhawks will host a sizable group of alumni at the 11th annual Blackhawks Convention this weekend at the Hilton Chicago.

Eddie Olczyk, Bobby and Dennis Hull, Jeremy Roenick, Denis Savard and Chris Chelios are some of the former players highlighting the event, starting on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. on NBC Chicago’s “Blackhawks Convention Opening Ceremonies.”

Blackhawks broadcaster Olczyk, who was diagnosed with colon cancer last year, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Cubs game Tuesday night in anticipation of the convention. The 1994 Stanley Cup winner announced he was cancer-free in March, making his appearance even more special.

Roenick, a Blackhawks all-time top 10 goal scorer (267) and points leader (596), will take part in the weekend for the first time.

“I think early that maybe the relationship wasn’t strong enough,” Roenick said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “… And I think going to the convention is so important to the city and so important to the franchise in terms of what they do for people in the city.”

Chelios will be introduced as the newest team ambassador this weekend. The Blackhawks announced Monday morning that the Hall of Fame defenseman is once again a member of the organization.

“To be able to join the Blackhawks organization in this role means everything to me,” Chelios said about his new position. “… Chicago is my hometown and returning to this organization is very special to me and my family.”

The list of past Blackhawks players who will also be present includes Bryan Bickell, Adam Burish, Brian Campbell, Eric Daze, Ben Eager, Tony Esposito, Colin Fraser, Stu Grimson, Steve Larmer, Jamal Mayers, Troy Murray, Bernie Nicholls, Phil Russell and Patrick Sharp.

John Scott, the controversial NHL All-Star who had only registered one point with the Arizona Coyotes leading up to his fan vote selection during the 2015-16 season, will also be a fun player in attendance. He only notched two points in 69 games with Chicago.

The present players and staff members attending the gathering feature Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith and head coach Joel Quenneville, among others.

According to the Blackhawks, fans can interact with these ex-members, current players, coaches and team executives through activities like autograph and photo sessions.