Chicago Blackhawks television analyst Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free.
The announcement came during the first intermission of Thursday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, as Olczyk appeared alongside his longtime broadcast partner and close friend Pat Foley.
Here’s the video of the announcement:
Eddie O is cancer free! Hear the full update from Edzo, himself: pic.twitter.com/toYZCEHi0f— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) March 23, 2018
Last August, Olcyzk released a statement through the team announcing that he’d been diagnosed with colon cancer. Treatment started soon after, keeping Olczyk away from the Blackhawks broadcasts on WGN and NBC Sports Chicago as well as his national broadcast duties with the NBC Sports Network. Olczyk has appeared on broadcasts at times throughout the season as his health allowed, and later said that he’d be getting back to more of his NBCSN duties following the cancer-free diagnosis.
Olczyk said he received the call on March 14 at 5:07 p.m. that his scans were fine. "I've never heard a better phrase in my life. ... I'm now 10 days down with the rest of my life."— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) March 23, 2018
Eddie Olczyk announces that he is cancer free :)— Tracey Myers (@Tramyers_NHL) March 23, 2018
"Proud to say, my final scan after chemo treatment, all the cancer is gone. We beat this thing." #Blackhawks
The news brought a tidal wave of support from those in Chicago and throughout the hockey world.
Eddie O just announced his scans came back clean and he is cancer free. Congrats Eddie!— Jay Zawaski (@JayZawaski670) March 23, 2018
So, so happy for Eddie Olczyk, who had his scans early and is cancer-free. With everything he's been through the last eight months, and how he's handled it publicly and privately, he's really an inspiration. Just the best news.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) March 23, 2018
This is fabulous news .. one of the greatest people I’ve ever met. Way to kick ass Edzo, chocolate cake time! https://t.co/f1S7X5PIRk— Ray Ferraro (@rayferrarotsn) March 23, 2018