Blackhawks Announce Upcoming Heritage Nights For Murray And Olczyk
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The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the addition of two Heritage Nights this season honoring former players, and current broadcasters, Troy Murray (January 14, sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company) and Eddie Olczyk (April 11, sponsored by Kenny Construction).
“Troy and Eddie are both highly deserving of a night that honors their impact on the organization,” Blackhawks Senior Vice President of Business Operations Jay Blunk said. “Both have reached generations of our fans during their playing days and now through our great broadcast partners in Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV and Chicago’s WGN Radio 720. We are proud to be able to recognize their accomplishments in this way.”
Earlier this season, the Blackhawks honored Bobby Hull (November 11), Jeremy Roenick (November 15) and Stan Mikita (December 16), with Heritage Nights and will also honor Tony Esposito (February 9) and Denis Savard (March 10). Last season, the Blackhawks hosted Heritage Nights for Tony Amonte, Glenn Hall, Steve Larmer, Bob Probert and the “MPH” line of Pit Martin, Jim Pappin and Dennis Hull.
Olczyk, who is in his fourth season as the television analyst for Blackhawks hockey on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN Channel 9, played parts of four years in a Blackhawks uniform (1984-87; 1999-2000), racking up 184 points (67G, 117A) in 261 regular-season games. Chicago’s first choice, third overall, in the 1984 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Olczyk registered 342 goals and 794 points in 1,031 games over a 16-year career with the Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins.
A Chicago native, Olczyk also appeared in 57 career postseason games, notching 19 goals and 34 points, which includes helping the New York Rangers capture the Stanley Cup in 1994. He also was a member of the 1984 United States Olympic team and represented his country in numerous international competitions. Following his playing career, Olczyk worked on Penguins television broadcasts and also called games for ESPN, ESPN2 and NHL Radio from 2000 to 2003. He served as Pittsburgh’s Head Coach for parts of two seasons (2003-04 and 2005-06) and is currently the lead analyst for NHL broadcasts on NBC and VERSUS and Olympic hockey on NBC, along with his television duties with the Blackhawks.
Murray is in his 10th year as a member of the Blackhawks broadcast team and his fifth as the radio analyst, currently on Chicago’s WGN Radio 720. The Calgary, Alberta, native spent 12 of his 15 NHL seasons as a member of the Blackhawks (1982-91; 1993-94) and ranks 14th in franchise history with 291 assists, 15th with 488 points, 18th with 197 goals and 19th with 688 regular-season games played. He was originally selected by the Blackhawks with their sixth choice, 57th overall, in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft and is one of just two players in team history to capture the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league’s outstanding defensive forward (1986).
A five-time twenty-goal scorer, Murray appeared in 915 career NHL regular-season games, racking up 584 points (230G, 354A) and 875 penalty minutes with the Blackhawks, Jets, Ottawa Senators, Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. He also notched 43 points (17G, 26A) in 113 career playoff tilts and was a member of Colorado’s 1996 Stanley Cup Championship team. Murray began his broadcasting career in 1999 as a studio analyst for Blackhawks television broadcasts.