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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
Ed Olczyk
Selected in first round
No. 3 overall by Chicago Black Hawks

Born August 16, 1966
Position: Left Wing / Center
Height: 6-1   Weight: 195
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Team USA                                      
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Hometown: Palos Heights, Illinois
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1981-82 Team IllinoisMich. AAA 5674 95169 63
1982-83 StratfordJr. B 4250 92142 54
1983-84 Team USAInt'l 6823 5275 36

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Olympics:
1984 (seventh place)
Ontario Jr. B Points Leader: 1982-83 (Stratford) (142 points)
Ontario Jr. B Goals Leader: 1982-83 (Stratford) (50 goals)
Ontario Jr. B Assists Leader: 1982-83 (Stratford) (92 assists)
Miscellaneous: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting Bureau as No. 3 overall prospect for the 1984 NHL draft. ... Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as No. 3 forward prospect for the 1984 NHL draft. ...  Was youngest player on 1984 U.S. Olympic hockey team, earning spot on roster before his 17th birthday and playing in Olympics at age 17. ... Played left wing on "Diaper Line" with Pat LaFontaine and David A. Jensen for Team USA in 1983-84. He played center throughout his career before joining Team USA, where he was shifted to wing. ... Was Toronto's first-round pick, No. 9 overall, in 1983 OHL priority selection.
NHL CAREER
Debut: October 11, 1984 (Detroit at Chicago)
Numbers:  16 (Chicago); 16 (Toronto); 16 (Winnipeg); 12 (NYR);
7 (Los Angeles); 27, 16 (Pittsburgh)
Stanley Cup: 1994.   Playing Status: Retired September 2000
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1984-2000 Chicago, Toronto, Win.,
NYR, L.A., Pittsburgh
1,031 342452 794874
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1985-1998 Chicago, Toronto,
Winnipeg, NYR, Pitt.
57 1915 3457

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Toronto Dodge Ram Tough Award:
1987-88, 1988-89
N.Y. Rangers' Players' Player Award: 1993-94
Toronto Records: Most consecutive games with at least one point (18 from Dec. 2, 1989, through Jan. 8, 1990, shares record)
Winnipeg/Phoenix Records: Most points in one game (6 vs. Calgary on Dec. 21, 1991, shares record)
Chicago Playoffs Points Leader: 1987 (2, tie)
Chicago Playoffs Goals Leader: 1987 (1, tie)
Toronto Points Leader: 1987-88 (75), 1988-89 (90)
Toronto Goals Leader: 1987-88 (42), 1988-89 (38)
Toronto Assists Leader: 1988-89 (52)
Toronto Playoffs Points Leader: 1988 (9)
Toronto Playoffs Goals Leader: 1988 (5)
Toronto Playoffs Assists Leader: 1988 (4, tie)
Winnipeg Goals Leader: 1991-92 (32)
Winnipeg Playoffs Points Leader: 1996 (3, tie)
Winnipeg Playoffs Goals Leader: 1992 (2, tie)
Pittsburgh Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1997 (12, tie)
1993-94: Played on N.Y. Rangers team that won Stanley Cup, but appeared in only one playoff game -- during Conference Finals -- and did not play in Stanley Cup Finals series vs. Vancouver.
Coaching Career: Named Pittsburgh head coach on June 11, 2003, and remained in that position through 2003-04 season.
Broadcasting Career: Served as Los Angeles radio color commentator during 1996 Stanley Cup playoffs. ... Named Pittsburgh TV color commentator in October 2000 and remained in that position until June 11, 2003. ... Also worked as part-time ESPN color commentator during from 2000 playoffs through 2002-03 seasons.
Miscellaneous: Was first U.S.-born player selected in first round of an NHL draft by his hometown team. ... Missed part of Chicago's 1984 training camp with hyper-extended knee, an injury suffered in September 1984. ... Was youngest player in NHL during 1984-85 season. ... Played right wing on line with Troy Murray and Curt Fraser for Chicago in 1984-85. ... Scored goal in his first NHL game. The goal beat Detroit goaltender Greg Stefan at 11:57 of the third period, giving Chicago a 6-3 lead in an eventual 7-3 victory. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with broken left foot, an injury suffered when he was hit by a slap shot from teammate Doug Wilson during Chicago's Dec. 16, 1984, game vs. Minnesota. OIczyk managed to finish the game with the injury, but the break was revealed by postgame X-rays. He did not return to action until Chicago's Dec. 30, 1984, game vs. Calgary. ... Led all NHL rookies with six goals in 1985 Stanley Cup playoffs. ... Missed one game during 1985-86 season due to virus contracted in October 1985. ... Played right wing, left wing and center for Chicago during the 1985-86 season, spending bulk of season at his natural position of center. ... Played right wing, left wing and center for Chicago during the 1986-87 season, spending bulk of season at right wing. ... Shifted back to his natural position of center on a full-time basis after joining Toronto for 1987-88 season. ... Led Toronto with 28 power-play points, 11 power-play goals and 249 shots on goal in 1988-89. ... Played on line with Gary Leeman and Wendel Clark for Toronto in 1989-90. ... Missed one game during 1989-90 season with sprained right knee, an injury suffered during Toronto's Jan. 26, 1990, game at New Jersey. ... Played both center and right wing for Winnipeg from 1990-91 until 1992-93. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with dislocated left elbow and sprained left ankle, an injury suffered when he collided with Craig Simpson during Winnipeg's Jan. 8, 1992, game vs. Edmonton. He did not return to action until Winnipeg's Feb. 19, 1992, game vs. St. Louis. He scored a goal in that game. ... Led Winnipeg with seven game-winning goals and 245 shots on goal in 1991-92. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with torn ligaments in right knee, an injury suffered during Winnipeg's Nov. 24, 1992, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. He did not return to action until Winnipeg's Dec. 21, 1992, game vs. San Jose. ... Played left wing on line with Doug Weight and Alexei Kovalev for N.Y. Rangers in 1992-93. ... Played left wing during his time with N.Y. Rangers. ... Was represented by agent Ron Salcer during his playing days with N.Y. Rangers. In January 1994, Salcer requested that the Rangers trade Olczyk, who was not getting adequate playing time. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with fracture and torn ligaments in right thumb, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Jan. 28, 1994, game at Anaheim. The injury required surgery on Feb. 7, 1994, and Olcyzk did not return to action until N.Y. Rangers' March 22, 1994, game at Calgary. ... Missed part of 1995 season with kidney stones, diagnosed on Jan. 24, 1995. He was hospitalized for two days and did not return to action until N.Y. Rangers' Feb. 8, 1995, game vs. Washington. ... Missed part of 1995 season with back spasms, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' March 1, 1995, game at Hartford. He did not return to action until N.Y. Rangers' March 18, 1995, game at Washington. ... Played center for Winnipeg in 1995 and 1995-96 seasons. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with bruised ribs, an injury suffered during Winnipeg's Oct. 28, 1995, game at Vancouver. He did not return to action until Winnipeg's Nov. 17, 1995, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with back spasms, an injury suffered during Winnipeg's Jan. 3, 1996, game at Los Angeles. He did not return until Winnipeg's Jan. 14, 1996, game vs. Anaheim. Missed part of 1995-96 season with sprained ligament in left knee, an injury suffered when Brian Skrudland fell on him after a faceoff during Winnipeg's March 7, 1996, game vs. Florida. He did not return until Winnipeg's April 6, 1996, game vs. Calgary. ... Signed with Los Angeles as a Group III unrestricted free agent on July 8, 1996. ... Scored his 300th career NHL goal for Los Angeles on Nov. 14, 1996, vs. Toronto. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with the flu, an illness diagnosed in December 1996. ... Scored Pittsburgh's only game-winning goal of the 1997 Stanley Cup playoffs. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with concussion, an injury suffered during Pittsburgh's Oct. 4, 1997, game vs. Florida. He did not return to action until Pittsburgh's Oct. 19, 1997, game at Florida. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with depressed fracture of the zygomatic arch (upper jaw), an injury suffered when he was hit high by Marc Bureau during Pittsburgh's Dec. 1, 1997, game at Montreal. He did not return to action until Pittsburgh's Jan. 20, 1998, game vs. Ottawa. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with back spasms, an injury suffered during Pittsburgh's March 7, 1998, game vs. Philadelphia. He did not return to action until Pittsburgh's March 14, 1998, game vs. Buffalo. ... Missed start of 1999-00 season with sore back, an injury suffered during Chicago's 1999 training camp. ... Played his 1,000th career NHL game for Chicago on Oct. 8, 1999, vs. Phoenix. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with herniated disc in back, an injury suffered during Chicago's Oct. 16, 1999, game at Pittsburgh. The injury required surgery, and Olczyk did not return to action until Chicago's Dec. 18, 1999, game at Los Angeles. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with strained groin, an injury suffered during Chicago's Feb. 20, 2002, game vs. Detroit. He did not return until Chicago's March 5, 2000, game vs. Phoenix.
Hometown Hero: Chicago hockey fans were elated after the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, because the Black Hawks had managed to pick Olczyk, who at the time was the greatest player ever to come up through Chicago's own youth hockey ranks. Olczyk, who had grown up rooting for the Hawks, was also thrilled to become the first U.S.-born ever taken by the Hawks with a first-round pick. On draft day, he told The Hockey News that he was the "happiest guy in the world." Right up until the draft, there was no way of knowing Olczyk would wind up with his hometown team. Chicago general manager Bob Pulford had the No. 6 pick, but it was almost certain Olczyk would be gone by then. To move up to the No. 3 spot,  Pulford sent goaltender Bob Janecyk to Los Angeles for a swap of first-round picks, Chicago's third-round pick, and a swap of seventh-rounders. Even after getting the No. 3 pick, Pulford couldn't be certain that Olczyk would make it past New Jersey's pick at No. 2. So, in order to guarantee that the Devils wouldn't get him, Chicago traded future considerations to New Jersey for the promise not to draft Olczyk. Less than two weeks later, the future considerations were settled by being factored into the value of a multiplayer trade between the two teams on June 19, 1984.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Chicago (IHL)
Canada Cup: 1984 (fourth place) (reserve, did not play), 1987 (fifth place), 1991 (second place)
World Championships: 1985 (fourth place), 1986 (sixth place),
1987 (seventh place), 1989 (sixth place), 1993 (sixth place)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Team USA World Championships Captain:
1993
Miscellaneous: Served as an assistant coach during 1985 U.S. National Sports Festival. ... Did not play his first minor-league games until age 32, when he joined was demoted to Chicago (IHL) on Nov. 3, 1998. He played seven IHL games before his recall to the NHL on Nov. 23, 1998. ... Owned two thoroughbred racehorses during his playing days. ... Was active in charitable causes during his playing days, including work with Special Olympics and Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Personal: Nicknamed "Eddie O." ... Full name is Edward Walter Olczyk. ... Also known as Eddie Olczyk during his playing days. ... Older brother of former college hockey player Rick Olczyk.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: Chicago traded Olczyk and Al Secord to Toronto in exchange for Rick Vaive, Steve Thomas and Bob McGill on September 3, 1987. Eleven years later, Chicago got Olczyk back when he signed with Blackhawks as a Group III unrestricted free agent on August 26, 1998.

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SNAPSHOT '84
Total Selected: 250
Forwards: 142
Defense: 88
Goaltenders: 20
Major Junior: 110
Tier II/Jr. B: 16/9
College Players: 23
High School: 47
Midget: 4
U.S. Junior B: 1
Canadian: 145
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 62
U.S.-Born: 63
European: 41
Reached NHL: 102
Stanley Cup: 20
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 18
Year-end All-Star: 7
Olympians: 31
 
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