I don’t need to tell you that Eddie Olczyk is a Chicago institution. Even though he’s moved on to work for the Seattle Kraken this season, he was the centerpiece of this past weekend’s celebration of Marian Hossa’s career.
It wouldn’t have felt right if Edzo wasn’t involved somehow. With Pat Foley, he has been the voice of the greatest generation of Blackhawks hockey in the history of the franchise. He’s also been the voice of national broadcasts, connecting us with the game even when the Blackhawks aren’t on the ice.
But Eddie had to fight to get back on television. We’ve heard some of the stories about his battle with colon cancer, and have tried our best to support him and show him our love as we can through social media and in brief meetings in the arenas or on the street.
November is Hockey Fights Cancer month in the NHL, and the Kraken produced an exceptional video with Edzo from earlier this season when he returned to Chicago and then recently when Seattle hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer Night. I will warn you, have tissues handy when you click the play button because this is powerful.
God bless you, Edzo.