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ICYMI: Stanley Cup winner, broadcaster Eddie Olczyk diagnosed with cancer

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National TV icon had tumor removed following last week’s diagnosis

Chicago Blackhawks and NBC color analyst Eddie Olczyk has been diagnosed with colon cancer. He had a cancerous tumor removed from his colon following the diagnosis last week. He is expected to return to full health.

Blackhawks team physician Michael Terry said in a team news release that Olczyk will be undergoing more treatment, including chemotherapy. There is no timetable on when he will return to the booth.

Executive producer of NBC Sports Sam Flood told the Chicago Tribune that Olczyk will not begin the season broadcasting national TV games. There is no word on whether he will start the season for the Blackhawks broadcasts.

Cancer strikes NHL broadcaster for second straight year

Olczyk is the second national broadcaster in two years to be diagnosed with cancer. Last summer, Dallas Stars announcer, and fellow NBC colleague, Dave Strader was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare, incurable form of cancer in the bile duct. Strader returned to broadcasting during the Toronto Maple Leafs-Washington Capitals series for NBC.

There was a lot of public support for Strader. It is something that Olczyk is experiencing now already.

“Having the support and encouragement from my family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, NBC Sports and all my friends and fans means the world to me and will give me continued strength to beat this,” Olczyk said in a news release.

Olczyk is a trusted broadcaster in the game. He brings his both NHL-level playing and coaching experience to viewers at home. “Edzo” played in 1,031 games, tallying 794 points. He also won a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994. He coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for 113 games, amassing a 31-64-8-10 record.

“Eddie Olczyk is a treasured member of the Chicago Blackhawks family and we will be supportive of him as he fight this disease,” Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough said in the news release. “We encourage our fans to keep him in their thoughts as we all look forward to having him back in good health as soon as possible.”