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Eddie Olczyk
Eddie Olczyk

Eddie Olczyk

Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life
By Eddie Olczyk, By Perry Lefko

SPORTS & RECREATION

336 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $28.00 (US $28.00) (CA $38.00)

ISBN 9781629377285

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Oct 2019)

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Overview

A moving memoir from one of the country's most beloved sports commentators and most recognizable names in American hockey
When Eddie Olczyk looks at his life, he can't believe how many times he's beaten the odds. At age sixteen, he was selected for the 1984 U.S. Olympic hockey team, and four months after the competition ended he was drafted in the first round by his hometown Chicago Blackhawks. He played alongside Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier and saw his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. He's brought hockey into American homes as one of the most recognizable voices of the sport, and he's even become a respected analyst in the world of horse racing, thanks to his talent as a bettor—Olczyk once won more than $500,000 picking the winners of six consecutive races while wagering only $168. But perhaps there is no greater example of Eddie O. beating the odds than in 2018 when he went into remission eight months after being diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. He will readily admit that this was the greatest victory of his life. This memoir is an honest and emotional account of everything Olczyk has experienced: the sacrifices his parents made so he could pursue a career in the NHL, the joy of playing for the Hawks, the mental and physical stress involved in the life of a professional athlete, the incredible moments he's called from the broadcast booth, and the profound lessons learned while battling cancer.

Reviews

"Olczyk, with Toronto Sun journalist Lefko, presents a gripping account of his remarkable life, from his selection for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey team through his remarkable battle with colon cancer. Olczyk, now a sportscaster for NHL and NBC, takes readers through his life and career with insights from coaches, teammates, and family members (after being traded to the Winnipeg Jets in 1999, his mother said in frustration, "You're just a piece of meat"). Without being self-aggrandizing or boastful, Olcyzk draws readers through the ins and outs of professional sports, from the anxiety of trades to the complexities of victory: in recounting his journey of the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers, he notes that he was able to celebrate "a dream that every player has from the time they begin to play the game" while combatting a personal decline that "tested my resolve." While Olczyk discusses the joys of his post-playing career nimbly, it's his unflinching account of his battle with cancer that truly stands out (in the afterword, his children tell their stories about living with their father through these hard times). Though an obvious must-read for hockey fans, this inspired account of a man battling cancer will appeal to a wider audience, as well." —Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Eddie Olczyk is an Emmy Award-winning television commentator for the NHL and horse racing. He played center for sixteen seasons with the Blackhawks, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Jets,  Rangers, and Kings, and he served as the Penguins' head coach from 2003 to 2005. Perry Lefko is an award-winning Canadian journalist and bestselling author.

Book Signings

Past Events


Nov
05
Eddie Olczyk's "Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life" ›
New York, NY
6:00pm
Join NHL star player Eddie Olczyk for the signing of his new book, "Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life."
Oct
19
Eddie Olczyk's "Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life" ›
Schaumburg, Illinois
12:00pm
Eddie Olczyk will be showcasing his new book, "Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life."
Oct
17
Eddie Olczyk's "Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life" ›
Naperville, Illinois
7:00pm
Eddie Olczyk will be signing his new book "Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life."

Press Releases

Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life

By Eddie Olczyk with Perry Lefko 

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.676.4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

After hearing the cancer diagnosis from his doctor in 2017, Eddie Olczyk knew he had the odds stacked against him; but, just like any challenge in his hockey career, he was determined to see what he could do. He had already surprised the country by making the U.S. Olympic hockey team at 16 years old. He was the first American-born player to be drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks and the first American-born lead hockey analyst. With resolve and perseverance, nothing was insurmountable for Olczyk—a life philosophy that would help him prevail over the toughest times.

 

In Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life (Triumph Books, October 8, 2019), award-winning commentator and hockey star Eddie Olczyk partners with bestselling author Perry Lefko to share his memories playing for hockey’s greatest teams and the surprising twists and turns along the way. Selected third overall in the first round of the 1984 draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, Olczyk became a household name early on in his career. For the first time, he shares a fuller picture of life away from the spotlight and broadcasting booth, revealing his love for the game and his determination to thrive. Highlights include:  

 

  • Deeply personal reflections on the cancer diagnosis that changed Eddie’s outlook on life
  • A look back at Eddie’s early success as an Olympic hockey team member and as a young hometown hero drafted to the Chicago Blackhawks
  • Rare stories that delve into the locker room antics and career milestones with the Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Jets, the 1994 Stanley Cup champion Rangers team, Kings and the Penguins
  • Quotes from Eddie’s closest friends, family and mentors reflecting on the pivotal moments in Eddie’s life
  • An inside look at Eddie’s transition into coaching the Penguins, broadcasting as a color analyst for NHL games and being a guest commentator for the Triple Crown horse-racing events

 

A compelling memoir about overcoming obstacles and making the most of life’s chances, Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life showcases the accomplished hockey center’s career and personal life that will inspire his loyal fans.

 

About the Authors:

Eddie Olczyk is an Emmy Award-winning television commentator for the NHL and horse racing. He played center for sixteen seasons with the Blackhawks, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Jets,  Rangers, and Kings, and he served as the Penguins' head coach from 2003 to 2005. 

 

Perry Lefko is an award-winning Canadian journalist and bestselling author.

 

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