Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chip Off the Ol(czyk) Block

Well, that was a heck of a hockey game on Monday night. Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final went down to the wire, with the Bruins beating Tampa Bay to take a 3-2 series lead.

As always, Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk did a great job in the booth, ably aided by Pierre McGuire between the benches.

Question for you though. How many of you heard what Doc and Edzo were talking about as the third period was about to begin?

Nope, wasn't the great goaltending (that was to come later in the period), or Lightning coach Guy Boucher's decision to start Mike Smith in goal.

The boys were talking college hockey recruiting, specifically the decision by Tommy Olczyk to play hockey at Penn State!

The news that the son of the NHL great and former head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins hit Twitter earlier in the evening. After four seasons of junior hockey with the Sioux City Musketeers, Tommy O. will be in Hockey Valley in the fall.

Kyle Rossi has done his usual outstanding job putting together all the facts and figures on Tommy's career, so I'll direct you here for the skinny on the newest member of the Icers.

From what I've read, Tommy is the type of solid two-way player that his father was during an NHL career that spanned more than 15 seasons. I'm looking forward to seeing him in action.

Their playing styles are similar and it's obvious that Tommy is Eddie's offspring.

Father and son.

Apparently Tommy has some of his dad's on-camera talent, judging by this video tour of the Sioux City locker room.

By the way, Tommy's tour will give you an idea of what the team facility at the Pegula will look like.


  1. You lost me as soon as you said those losers Emerick and Olczyk do a good job, if the first sentence is BS, likely the rest of the piece is too.

  2. Back it up Wayne, they both do a fine job. Let me know when you hit the broadcast booth so I can give your pipes & knowledge a listen.