NBC and Chicago Blackhawks TV analyst Eddie Olczyk was diagnosed with colon cancer in August, and the support quickly came pouring in for one of the most respected people in the hockey world. The 51-year-old began chemotherapy treatments in September, and has been getting treatment every other week.
On Wednesday, Olczyk made his return to the broadcast booth to call a Blackhawks-Blues game in St. Louis for NBCSN. Before the broadcast, Olczyk spoke with longtime NBC broadcast partner Doc Emrick about his return to the booth and the amazing support he’s had as he battles cancer. This is must-watch:
"When I'm feeling good, Doc, I want to be next to you."
It's so good to see you, Eddie. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZTvndyHXeG
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) October 18, 2017
Emrick began the ‘Hawks-Blues game broadcast by talking about Olczyk’s return, and Olczyk said that “tonight is the best medicine I’ve had in such a long time.”
During an in-game commercial break, the fans at Scottrade Center gave Olczyk a roaring standing ovation. This is a fantastic moment (and in the home of the Blackhawks’ rival Blues, showing just how much everybody loves Olczyk):
Olczyk plans to also call Thursday’s Blackhawks game against the Edmonton Oilers in Chicago for NBC Sports Chicago.