Monday, August 12, 2013
Currently a color commentator for the Chicago Blackhawks and for NBC/NBC Sports Network.
Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.
Autographs received in person on August 1, 2013.
Ed Olczyk played in the NHL for 16 seasons. Although considered a journeyman, only seven games of his pro career was spent in the minor leagues, and in every season save for his last he played in at least half of his team's games.
He won the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994 and a silver medal in the 1991 Canada Cup. Olczyk was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013, and is a color commentator for both the Blackhawks and NBC/NBC Sports Network.
Olczyk was signing autographs at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago earlier this month. I got eight different items signed by the former Blackhawks first round pick.
I got five different hockey cards signed by "Edzo," including his 1986-87 Blackhawks team-issued card.
This fantastic picture shows Olczyk and Blackhawks' teammate Denis Savard celebrating a goal. From the look on his face, I'm assuming Olczyk scored this one.
I think I bought this photo back in the early 1990s. Olczyk mentioned that he'd never show this pic to his kids because "my stick isn't on the ice. My kids would tease me about that." Olczyk constantly advocates that players should keep their stick on the ice to quicker react to an errant puck that might come their way.
Finally, Olczyk signed his picture in my "Chicago Blackahwks: A Sixty Year History" book. I already got 14 other players to autograph the book, so this brings me up to 15 signatures.
It was cool to get a bunch of things signed all at once by Edzo, who is one of the top color commentators in the NHL. I also got the chance to tell him how much I appreciate the advice he gives "for all you young hockey players out there."