When Eddie Olczyk was growing up in Chicago, the Blackhawks didn't televise their home games. He would cheer on the team at night while shooting pucks in his garage, listening to Pat Foley on the radio.
Roughly three decades later, Olczyk now sits alongside Foley in the broadcast booth for Comcast SportsNet in Chicago. When not paired with Foley, Olczyk is calling nationally televised games on NBC with Hall of Fame announcer Doc Emrick.
Indeed, life has been good for Olczyk since he ended his playing career in 2000. Monday, Chicago's first-round pick (No. 3) at the 1984 NHL Draft will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame -- along with Mike Modano and Lou Lamoriello -- at a ceremony to be held at the Plaza of the Americas in Dallas.
"I've worked with the very best that we have throughout the National Hockey League," Olczyk told NHL.com. "To be able to work with two voices of hockey -- Doc on a national level for so many years and working with Pat on a local level in Chicago -- when you work with the best, it makes your job a lot easier because there is the intimidation and there is the awe factor. It's about talking about the greatest game in the world and teaching and having fun. It's a privilege. I've been given so many gifts. To get a chance to sit next to those two guys on 122 nights a year to do hockey games, I'm pretty lucky. I couldn't be more pleased to be their partners, that's for sure."