NHL News of the Day: Andrej Sekera retires, Olczyk leaving Chicago Blackhawks broadcast
Ricky Gray | July 21, 2022
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Moves around the league were announced as retirements and signings continued.
After 16 years as a commentator for the Chicago Blackhawks, Eddie Olczyk is departing the team. It’s said that Olczyk will join the Seattle Kraken booth.
It might help that his brother Ricky is the Assistant General Manager for the Kraken.
In a statement the team released, the Blackhawks said: “For 16 seasons, we were fortunate to have legendary broadcaster Eddie Olczyk bring Chicago Blackhawks hockey into the homes of our fans.”
The statement continued: “We are going to miss him as much as our fans will. Though we are disappointed to learn today that he has decided to go in another direction, Eddie will always be part of the Blackhawks family. We appreciate his many contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Olczyk also does national broadcasts for TNT and is one of the well-known voices in the NHL.
In other news, defenseman Andrej Sekera has announced his retirement after nearly two decades in the league.
He first made his debut in 2006 and played 888 regular-season and playoff games for the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars.
During the Stars’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in the playoff bubble of 2020, he blocked 38 shots in 27 games.
He represented his country Slovakia eight times at the world championships, helping it come away with the silver medal in 2012 and wearing the captain of the national team captain in 2019.
The past two seasons have been spent with Dallas playing nearly 14 minutes per game and helping his team reach the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons.