Olczyk ‘expects to be back’ after being diagnosed with colon cancer

 

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One of the best athletes to come from this area is battling colon cancer.

And to hear some talk about it, colon cancer may be in trouble.

NHL Hall of Famer Eddie Olczyk, a Palos Heights native who attended Brother Rice and graduated in 1984, announced Tuesday that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. The longtime Blackhawk, who is still a big name in the sport thanks to his TV work with Comcast SportsNet Chicago, WGN an NBC Sports, turns 51 Wednesday and he plans on beating this disease and heading back to the booth.

“I have been working with outstanding health care professionals and expect to be back in the broadcast booth after I complete my treatment,” Olczyk said in a written statement through the Blackhawks. “Having the support and encouragement from my family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, NBC Sports and all my friends and fans means the world to me and will give me continued strength to beat this. My family and I appreciate privacy during this time as we focus our attention on my treatments.’’

While many fans and media members have taken to social media to wish him well and let the world know what a great guy he is, some also know how competitive he was as a player and that may help during this battle.

“You’re going to kick the crap out of it!” a person named Fred tweeted.

“Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against,” someone using the name Jesus Garcia added. “Give it hell!”

Olczyk played in 1,031 games and scored 342 goals and piled up 794 points for the Blackhawks and other teams. He won a Stanley Cup title as a player with the New York Rangers in 1994.

Blackhawks physician Dr. Michael Terry said Olczyk had a tumor removed last week.

He is recovering well from the procedure and will be undergoing further treatment in the coming weeks, including chemotherapy,” he said. “We look forward to his return to good health after the completion of his treatment.”

Hawks president John McDonough said “Eddie Olczyk is a treasured member of the Chicago Blackhawks family and we will be supportive of him as he fights this disease. We encourage our fans to keep him in their thoughts as we all look forward to having him back in good health as soon as possible.”

CAPTION – Ed Olczyk

 

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