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Fans in St. Louis celebrate Olczyk in return to broadcast booth

Attendees at Scottrade Center salute cancer-fighting commentator in first game of season @NHLdotcom

Olcyzk's emotional return

Olczyk returns to the booth during battle with cancer

Eddie Olczyk returns to the broadcast booth to a huge standing ovation from the St. Louis crowd in the midst of battling colon cancer

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St. Louis Blues fans put aside their rivalry with the Chicago Blackhawks to celebrate Ed Olczyk's return to the broadcast booth.

Olczyk, who was diagnosed with colon cancer Aug. 8, was given a standing ovation by the crowd at Scottrade Center during the first period of the Blues game against the Blackhawks on Wednesday Night Rivalry.

Olczyk, 50, is a Chicago native, and calls national games on NBC and NBCSN. He also has been the regular color commentator for Blackhawks games on NBC Sports Chicago and WGN since 2006-07. Olczyk has been undergoing cancer treatment but called his first game of the season for NBCSN alongside partner Mike "Doc" Emrick on Wednesday.

"For the first time in my life, I've had everybody tell me I'm going to beat this thing and that's been the greatest support that I've had," Olczyk said on air. "I don't know what my schedule is going to be, but when I'm feeling good, Doc, I want to be next to you; I want to be in the broadcast booth in Chicago … but I can't be more thankful from all the support I've had."

Tweet from @NHLonNBCSports: "When I'm feeling good, Doc, I want to be next to you."It's so good to see you, Eddie. ������

The good news is Olczyk is apparently feeling really well, because he intends to call Chicago's game against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN1, WGN).

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