Olczyk announces on air that he is cancer-free


CHICAGO — “NHL on NBC” broadcaster Eddie Olczyk announced on the air Thursday that he is cancer-free.

“I’m proud to say, final scan after chemo treatment… all the cancer is gone. We beat this thing,” Olczyk said. “I got the call March 14 at 5:07 p.m. that my scans were clear. I never heard a better phrase in my life. Now I’m 10 days on with the rest of my life, and that’s the way I’m looking at it.”

The 51-year-old former NHL player was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer Aug. 4.

Olczyk, an analyst on Chicago Blackhawks games, made the announcement on NBC Sports Chicago during the first intermission of their home game against the Vancouver Canucks. He had his final chemotherapy treatment Feb. 19 and shared a message for others fighting cancer.

“I wasn’t a tough player, (but) I had the willingness to go to tough areas to score goals,” Olczyk said. “I’m way tougher than I thought I was. Anyone battling this disease, they’re not weak. It’s not normal to feel those things. Stay strong, believe you’re tough and that you’ll beat it, and you will. If I can inspire one person, it was well worth me going through it.”

Olczyk was a forward for 16 seasons in the NHL and a member of the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers.