NBC NHL Analyst Eddie Olczyk Returning To Broadcast Booth Amid Cancer Battle
NBC NHL analyst Ed Olczyk said that he is "returning to the booth" five weeks after starting treatment for colon cancer, according to Kevin Allen of USA TODAY. Olczyk will work with broadcaster Mike Emrick on NBCSN's "Wednesday Night Rivalry" broadcast of Blackhawks-Blues tomorrow. He also "plans to do" the Blackhawks' local broadcast on WGN-TV the following night for Oilers-Blackhawks with partner with Pat Foley. Olczyk is "not returning to a full-time schedule, just doing games when he feels well enough to work." His chemo treatment "lasts 48 hours, and he will not work those weeks." Olczyk said that he "believes working will help him get through the treatment" (USA TODAY, 10/17). Olczyk said that his doctors are "concerned only that he feels up to whatever he does and gets the rest he needs." He said, "They think it's important to continue to live and continue to set goals and that's something I've done from Day 1 with the support of my family and my family with the Blackhawks, particularly [team President & CEO] John McDonough, and my family at NBC." In Chicago, Phil Rosenthal notes Olczyk "isn't sure how strong he'll be but expects Emrick and Foley will have his back." He said, "(There may be) a time where I go quiet for five minutes, whether it's with Pat or Doc, maybe I'm in the bathroom, maybe I'm trying to catch my breath. This is all very new, but I'm sure adrenaline will be at a fever pitch" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/17).