Eddie Olczyk returned to the broadcasting booth on Wednesday night to call his first game of the season. The Wednesday Night Rivalry game between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks wouldn’t normally be cause for too much celebration, but the match marks the return of Olczyk to the booth just weeks after starting a 24-week chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer.
In late September, news broke that Mike Milbury would be taking Olczyk’s spot in NBC’s broadcasting lineup as the latter started treatment. Now, just six weeks removed from the start of chemotherapy, Olczyk has made his first appearance on air with broadcaster Doc Emrick.
The game doesn’t mark Olczyk’s full-time to the broadcasting booth, but it’s a wonderful seeing the 50-year-old back doing color commentary on games. Olczyk was quite emotional talking with Emrick about his return to the booth and his perseverance in getting back to this point.
"When I'm feeling good, Doc, I want to be next to you."
It's so good to see you, Eddie. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZTvndyHXeG
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“I know there are a lot of people out there that are much worse off than Eddie Olczyk, and I wanna try to brighten up somebody’s day and I wanna try to inspire one person the rest of my life.”
It’s good to have you back, Eddie.