Eddie Olczyk Joins ESPN1000 Chicago

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Eddie Olczyk Joins ESPN1000 Chicago

Former NHL Star Joins David Kaplan’s Weekday Show

Former NHL Chicago Blackhawks center Eddie Olczyk is joining the ESPN1000 Chicago team and the Kap & Co. weekday show starting today, June 19. Olczyk will co-host twice a week, generally on Mondays and Fridays, alongside David Kaplan from 9 a.m. – noon CT. 

“What an incredible opportunity to join the team at ESPN1000 and Kap & Co.,” said Olczyk.  “To work with Kap, who is a great friend and a media legend in our city, will be challenging and a lot of fun. I cannot wait to join him.  I’d like to thank Jim Pastor and Adam Delevitt from ESPN Chicago and John McDonough, the Blackhawks organization and NBC Sports for allowing me this flexibility.”

Jim Pastor, vice president and general manager of ESPN1000 Chicago, stated, “What fans may not realize is that Eddie is not only a legendary hockey and horse racing broadcaster, but having grown up here, he’s also a huge fan of all Chicago sports teams. Pairing him twice a week with his good friend David Kaplan will give him a chance to put those passions on display for ESPN listeners.”

In addition to his Kap & Co. role, Olczyk will continue his work for NBC Sports covering the NHL and horse racing and locally for the Blackhawks on NBC Sports Chicago and WGN-TV. 

Olczyk Bio

Olczyk was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1984 and played in the NHL for 16 years. In addition to playing for Chicago, he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, finishing his career in 2000 with Chicago. He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

About ESPN1000 Chicago
ESPN1000 Chicago is the flagship station of ESPN Radio, providing a popular weekday talk lineup featuring Carmen & Jurko, Kap & Co. and Waddle & Silvy, news, local and national play-by-play coverage. It’s also the official home of the NBA playoffs, including the entire post-season, Major League Baseball, including the World Series, Notre Dame football and basketball and the College Football Playoff. Programming is also streamed live on the ESPN app and www.ESPNCHICAGO.com.

 

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