The Chicago Blackhawks fell short of their goal of winning the Stanley Cup, but there is at least one thing this offseason for fans to feel great about. Former Blackhawks player and current color commentator for the team Eddie Olczyk has been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports that Olczyk was elected to the Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
"It's a very proud day for me and my family," Olczyk said on the conference call announcing his induction today. "I'm humbled, honored and thankful to represent our game in the great United States.
"I thank everybody because this induction is about the people that helped me along the way, both on and off the ice."
Olczyk was drafted by the Blackhawks as the third overall pick in the 1984 NHL Draft and played in Chicago until 1987. In his playing career, he also skated for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins. He also served as the head coach of the Penguins for two seasons and played as part of Team USA in the 1984 Winter Olympics.
In his playing career as a center, Olczyk appeared in 794 games and scored 342 goals.